Volunteering in North yorkshire

 

There are over 3,000 voluntary and community sector organisations operating across North Yorkshire, with an estimated 139,241 volunteers supported by these organisations.

If their time were charged at the national minimum wage rate it would have an economic value of £166 million per annum.
 
During 2013-14 North Yorkshire’s volunteer centres received over 3,000 enquiries from individuals interested in volunteering and brokered 1,300 placements.
 
You can find out more about volunteering and support organisations here
 

Why Volunteer?

People volunteer for all manner of reasons - to give something back to the community or make a difference to the people around them. For some volunteering can be a route to employment or a chance to try something new that could lead to a career change.
 

Where can I find out about Volunteering Opportunities?

Across North Yorkshire and York there are a number of volunteer centres and support organisations who work to encourage volunteering in the region. 
 
These organisations provide support to local organisations and charities with volunteering needs, and help promote their volunteering opportunities. These may be things you would expect to do as a volunteer – like volunteering in a charity shop, visiting older people or walking dogs, but they can also include things you might not expect – like admin opportunities, museum guides and even motorbike maintenance.
 

How will I be matched to a volunteering opportunity?

If you want to volunteer you will be asked what your skills and interests are, and how much time you have to give so that a volunteering role can be found to suit you.   Volunteering should be available to everybody, including people from BME communities, those who may have physical or learning difficulties, mental health needs, offending histories, and those at risk of homelessness.   
 
For more information and advice contact your local volunteer centre or support organisation or download a map of local volunteer centres and community care organisations operating in North Yorkshire and York here.
 

There is a national volunteering database of opportunities at www.do-it.org.uk

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