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.
Just 2 Weeks left to Nominate for the Volunteering Oscars 2016
Do you know someone who does a lot for the local community? It could be a friend, family member, a volunteer you work with or even a local business. Why not show your appreciation by nominating them for a Volunteering Oscar.
Shortlisted nominees will be invited to our annual Volunteering Oscars Awards Ceremony at the Old Swan Hotel on 28th October 2016. The event begins with a champagne reception followed by a ceremony which celebrates volunteers from around the district and the Oscar winners.
There are 16 categories for nomination and the deadline to get your nominations in is Midnight on 10th October 2016.
Now that the long summer days are fading fast and the kids have gone back to school, you may find yourself with a little time on your hands. So we’ve pulled together a selection of flexible opportunities which you could do from home or during term time.
Volunteering from Home Makes a Real Difference
Did you know? In the UK, more than 1 million people aged over 65 say they often or always feels lonely. In the time it takes to read the paper, watch the news or take a trip to the shop, you can volunteer with The Silver Line. A regular 30-minute call from a friend really can change the life of a lonely person. This is a Befriending volunteer role that you can do from the comfort of your home; all you need is access to a telephone and the internet.
Seeing Ear helps people who want to read but who cannot use ordinary books due to reasons such as visual impairment, dyslexia or a physical disability. Volunteers edit, style and format Word documents into books to enable someone who struggles with ordinary books to take pleasure from reading or get a fair chance at education. Seeing Ear provide full training via email to get you started.
Get social during term times
Do you enjoy cooking? Tuesday Lunch Club Volunteers prepare a meal for up to 36 elderly people at Starbeck Methodist Church. The team operate on a rota system meaning volunteers help out one in 4 Tuesdays from 9.30am to 1.30pm. All the volunteers enjoy a meal together at the end of the shift.
The Jennyfield Styan Community Centre also run a lunch club on Tuesdays for older people to enjoy a nice hot meal in a sociable setting. Helpers are required from 11am -2pm in term times perfect for busy mums!
Keep your CV up to date
Do you have strategic vision…then why not support a local charity as a Treasurer or Trustee? Bilton and Woodfield Library is Harrogate’s only Community Managed Library and are in need of volunteer trustees as are Nidderdale Plus Partnership and Citizens Advice Bureau. Trustees usually give a couple of hours a month to offer their expertise in a variety of areas such as business planning, IT, Health & Safety, Fundraising or Marketing. If you have expertise in a particular area you could make a huge difference to a local charity and if you’re taking a career break it’s a great way to keep up your CV whilst helping a great cause.