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Voluntary organisations

There are more than 5,000 voluntary and community sector organisations in North Yorkshire, providing a broad range of local services to all kinds of people and supporting community action.

Voluntary and community groups provide many of our cultural, sport and leisure opportunities. Most organisations are charities, some employ specialists, but many are informal volunteer based groups. North Yorkshire's strong voluntary sector plays a crucial role in our quality of life and in strengthening the fabric of our local communities.

Finding local voluntary and community organisations

The North Yorkshire and York voluntary and community sector directory provides a searchable database of voluntary and community groups.

Help and support for voluntary and community organisations

Voluntary and community organisations in North Yorkshire can access a range of free advice and support from Community First Yorkshire, some of which is funded by North Yorkshire County Council in conjunction with the North Yorkshire clinical commissioning groups.

Partnership working

Good partnership working is vital, and the North Yorkshire liaison group meets to facilitate better partnership working between the public and voluntary and community sectors.

The North Yorkshire compact is a written agreement between the voluntary and community sector and the public sector, detailing how they will work together for the benefit of communities.

Funding for voluntary and community organisations

Grants and other types of funding are available to voluntary and community organisations, from local councils, the National Lottery and charitable trusts. This type of funding is generally project based and separate from sources of income that help with the day-to-day running of an organisation.

Grant-giving organisations usually provide details for applicants, such as setting out the grant criteria; the application process; the information they need from you; and how and when they make their decisions. Some will offer pre-application discussions or interviews. If they do, take them up as the advice can save you a lot of time and unnecessary expense.

Specific sources of funding in North Yorkshire

Voluntary and community organisations in North Yorkshire can access free advice and guidance on funding issues, including a funding newsletter, from Community First Yorkshire.

Some specific sources of funding voluntary and community organisations in North Yorkshire are:

  • Our innovation fund encourages and supports voluntary groups to develop a more flexible and personalised approach to traditional adult social care, such as day care, by offering vulnerable people services that fit around their lives.
  • The community transport fund from the Department for Transport has made money available to us to 'help invest in the future to provide more sustainable transport for local communities' and we are now accepting applications from community transport operators.
  • The Two Ridings Community Foundation provides a number of grants including:
    • The North Yorkshire community fund is designed to help voluntary organisations, community groups and small charities with projects that are innovative and that can demonstrate that they will make a real difference to people's lives. Grants of between £250 and £1,000 are available.
    • The North Yorkshire reward fund, was created to help tackle disadvantage and improve people's lives and communities across North Yorkshire. The fund is available to provide small grants to voluntary and community organisations in the North Yorkshire area with an income of less than £50,000. Grants are available up to a maximum of £5,000 for projects which help communities.

Volunteering

If you're looking for a volunteering opportunity or you need to find a volunteer, contact Volunteering North Yorkshire.

Volunteering opportunities with the council include: