The Yate community is very active with hundreds of organisations, clubs and voluntary groups in operation. There is a community groups page where you can find further information about local groups.

Yate Community Plan

Yate Community Plan is a visionary document reflecting the aspirations of the people of Yate for the future of the town over the next 20 years. Hundreds of people were involved in producing the Yate Community Plan which was launched in 2008.

Following the launch, over 30 members of the community signed up to the Community Plan Implementation Group which meets quarterly to progress the key actions contained within the plan.

Community Engagement Forum (CEF)

The Community Engagement Forum (CEF) meets regularly to facilitate local people working together to promote pride in the community as a safe, thriving and pleasant place to live, work and play. Through partnership working, quality of life is improved for local people and initiatives are co-ordinated to reduce crime and disorder.

Twinning in Yate

Twinning with Bad Salzdetfurth

Twinning is alive and well in Yate with a very active Yate & District Twinning Association. Yate’s twin town of Bad Salzdetfurth is an attractive spa town with thermally heated swimming pools and many half timbered buildings surrounded by beautiful countryside. The town lies 30 miles south of Hannover which is twinned with Bristol. The twinning association between Yate and Bad Salzdetfurth celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2010.

Link with Genieri

Yate is also linked with Genieri, a village of about 700 people, almost 100 miles inland from the coast in the West African republic of The Gambia. The link between Yate and Genieri was established to forge friendships between the people of the two communities following a visit to The Gambia by a group of sixth formers from Brimsham Green School in 1986. 

Friends Groups

Yate has many active friends groups, including Friends of Kingsgate Park, Friends of Brimsham Park and Fields, Friends of the Ridge Woods, Friends of The Common, Friends of the River Frome and the Friends of Yate Station. Please contact the Town Council if you are interested in getting involved with any of the Friends Groups, or even setting up a group of your own.

Grants to Local Community Groups

Yate Town Council promotes an active community in Yate by awarding grants annually to non-profit making organisations. These organisations work for the benefit of Yate parishioners, with the intention of improving the range of services and activities in the town. Applications are particularly welcome from community groups with a focus on achieving or helping others achieve carbon net zero.

The Town Council recognises and supports the valuable contribution made by the voluntary sector to the wellbeing of the community. Many groups have benefited from grant assistance in the past including Hedgehog Rescue, MS Therapy Centre, Friends of Kingsgate Park, Cotswold Vale Talking Newspaper, Great Western Air Ambulance, to name but a few.

If your organisation is in need of some financial assistance and provides a beneficial service or activity for the community of Yate you can apply for grant funding from Yate Town Council.

Application forms are available from April onwards and can be downloaded below or obtained via our contact form.


Grant Application Pack 2023 811.13 KB

Coronavirus Battle Fund

Yate Town Council has grant funds available to local organisations to support the Yate Community in the battle against the coronavirus and to help the residents of Yate.

If your organisation is assisting the local population in this time of crisis and needs financial support, please read the guidelines and complete and submit an application form.

Application forms are available from April 2021 onwards.


Covid-19 Battle Grant Fund – Guidelines 134.51 KB


Covid-19 Battle Grant Fund – Application Form 88.00 KB

Neighbourhood Watch

Funding up to £50 is also considered all year round for Neighbourhood Watch Groups or newly formed Community Groups in need of start-up funds. Applications can be submitted for this funding using the application form which outlines the process and provides all the necessary contact details.

Yate Town Council will also consider applications from community groups requiring emergency grant funding.   If your group requires emergency funding please email details for consideration to

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