THE High Sheriff of North Yorkshire, Clare Granger, paid a visit to Pioneer Projects in High Bentham to present an award for services to the community - and a cheque for £500.

As an artist herself, the High Sheriff has taken a particular interest in organisations using art and creativity to help improve people’s inclusion and wellbeing.

A spokesperson for Pioneer Projects, said: "This saw her visit many fantastic projects over the year, so we were touched that she chose to recognise Pioneer’s work with this award. Pioneer have been delivering wellbeing focused creative activities across Craven for over a quarter of a century, working across ages, but with a real focus on people experiencing poor mental health, and those living with dementia.

"Clare visited our regular Friday Mental Health and Wellbeing Hub and was welcomed by a number of our regular participants, staff, and trustees. She saw first hand some of the amazing work they produce, and commented on the warm, inclusive, and welcoming atmosphere. It was great to see creative approaches to health and community being given a platform by the High Sheriff, and helping highlight how important they are to the residents and communities of Craven."

To find out more about Pioneer Projects groups for yourself or someone you know, telephone 015242 62672 or email