We help individuals and businesses in the Harrogate District to find volunteering opportunities. We also provide advice and support to groups which involve volunteers.
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We are delighted to announce that our charity has recently received the Duke of York Award. The Duke of York's Community Initiative recognises excellence and is presented annually to charities throughout Yorkshire and Humberside which are making a real difference to the communities they serve.
National Storytelling Week 2016
To celebrate National Storytelling Week we’ve put together a library of volunteering opportunities for those who love reading, writing or storytelling. There are many interesting opportunities around the Harrogate District to help you indulge your passion. Why not take a browse?
Chapter 1 – Sharing stories
North Yorkshire Home Library Service delivers books, audio books, and information to people who find it difficult to visit their local Library in person. They are looking for volunteers in the Ripon area to visit people in their own home to deliver pre-selected items and to spend time talking with them about their choices and requests before returning to the Library. Volunteers go out in pairs and receive travel expenses.
Seeing Ear is a charity helping people who want to read but who cannot use ordinary books. Their online library provides books in a flexible format to support readers with visual impairment, dyslexia or a physical disability. They require Online Library Assistants to digitalize school and text books for children who struggle with conventional books. This flexible role can be done from home at times to suit you.
Chapter 2 – Searching for literary treasures
The British Heart Foundation Shop in Harrogate and the Oxfam Shop in Ripon are looking for volunteers who can sort book donations and effectively price and arrange them into appealing retail displays. These opportunities are great for anyone who wants to volunteer on a regular basis and who has an interest in sifting through the wide variety of old and new books which are donated each month.
Chapter 3 – Tall tales
Do you have a creative imagination that is seeking a new outlet? Perhaps you have a passion for recreating the past? All these skills can be put to good use by becoming a volunteer at the Ripon Museum Trust. Opportunities include Learning Team Volunteers who play a vital role in leading activity sessions and enhancing visitors’ experiences. This may involve costumed role play, preparing resources and leading workshop activities. This is an ideal opportunity for someone with an interest in local history and flair for making history come alive.
Or why not fully immerse yourself in history by becoming a Costumed Interpretation Volunteer at Beningbrough Hall, near York. Played out in costume, this volunteer role involves recreating life as it was in Georgian times, in a Victorian laundry and below stairs. Enthusiastic, out-going volunteers are needed who can engage with members of the public and enhance visitor's experience. This opportunity is ideal for volunteers who can give a regular time commitment.
Interact's Drama Group meet every Monday evening. Volunteers support in running an inclusive music and drama session for adults with disabilities. A very sociable group and a great role for those who like to get stuck in.
This is just a small selection from our library of volunteering opportunities.
Do you have a skill which you could share with a charity?
Volunteers with professional skills and experience can have a huge impact on a charity. There are a number of local charities which are currently looking for new trustees to join their Board.
Disability Action Yorkshire (Harrogate) empower disabled people to live the lifestyle of their choice. The charity are looking for a Chair of trustees to join their Board, which meets 6 times per year in the evenings.
Ripon Civic Society protect and enhance the historic buildings of Ripon. The society are looking for a new treasurer to help with keeping the books, dealing with gift aid claims and preparing the year end accounts for the auditor.
Open Country (Harrogate) support people with disabilities to access the countryside. The charity are looking for 3 new trustees to join their board in the following roles: Marketing Trustee, Fundraising Trustee and PR Trustee.
Have a look at our frequently asked questions page for more information about the trustee role and what is involved.
This month we hear from a local student volunteer about their experience...
“After researching various places to do the residential element of the Gold Duke of Edinburgh award I came across Cathedral Camps which are week long conservation camps for young people.
We were a team of ten 16 - 20 year olds from all over the UK, with one from Belgium too. We slept in the cathedral hall and carried out indoor and outdoor conservation tasks, like clearing gravestones hidden by turf, painting the railings and dusting the crypt and towers wearing face masks.
Besides being useful for my D of E I made some good friends as we lived and worked together 24/7 for the week and also had a trip to Lightwater Valley.
It was interesting to see behind-the-scenes at the cathedral and it has been useful for my application to university.'
Take a look at our listing of local volunteering opportunities for students and under 16s.