Orb Community Arts is an exciting and innovative project that provides a supportive creative and educational space for vulnerable individuals. With a positive mental health ethos focusing on self-worth, confidence building and skill development, Orb offers an unpressured environment in which to exchange ideas and become part of the wider community.

Incorporating its own music studio, art room and computer suite, Orb provides a whole spectrum of opportunities for people to express and further themselves in a way that reflects their own inspirations and aspirations. With access to professional sound and lighting equipment and its own staging, Orb also regularly supports and promotes a wide variety of local events, emphasising service user involvement and providing a showcase for their talents.

Based in Knaresborough but active throughout the Harrogate District and the whole of Yorkshire, Orb is committed to social inclusion and working within the community. As such its active Volunteer Programme also offers people of all ages and backgrounds the chance to get involved, share their skills and develop new ones in an environment that recognises the worth in everyone.

Latest from the Blog

Mental and physical wellbeing…and a delicious lunch as well – Orb’s Grow, Cook and Eat class
Written by volunteer Mike W If there’s one thing I know less about than cooking, it’s gardening. So it was with more than the usual measure of curiosity that I headed to Orb’s Grow, Cook and Eat class, which takes place fortnightly at the Chain Lane Community Centre. The class does exactly as it says: […] Read more

At Orb, we like music – A LOT!
Written by our volunteer Mike W. In the recent past, I had the misfortune of working with someone whose personality, it seemed to me, comprised of little more than a series of fundamental flaws. He could be charming on occasion, but that was a deliberate ruse I always thought – to butter one up for […] Read more

Orb’s Christmas Cabaret, December 2016: a review by Mike W, our newest volunteer.
Back in the day, when I first moved to London full of hopes, dreams and naivety, I would often go to Speakers’ Corner in Hyde Park on a Sunday afternoon. From memory, there would always be a good crowd – tourists mainly, but it didn’t take long to start noticing the odd familiar face. Some […] Read more

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