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Community First Yorkshire launches the first dedicated North Yorkshire online volunteering platform.

Posted: Fri, 24 May 2019 14:13

Community First Yorkshire launches the first dedicated North Yorkshire online volunteering platform.

New website launched to encourage volunteering

Imagine being able to find your dream volunteering opportunity at the click of a button? If you've been looking for ways to give back to your community, now's the time to start.

Today sees the launch of a new website designed to simplify the process of volunteering in North Yorkshire.

The website, Volunteering in North Yorkshire (VINY), aims to make it easier for people to find a volunteering opportunity, whether they want to volunteer from home, volunteer through work or volunteer in their community.

Community First Yorkshire, a charity specialising in supporting the voluntary sector, has unveiled the site which offers a FREE online search directory to potential volunteers and organisations looking to recruit volunteers.

VINY offers a way for people to help their local community when they most need it. There are a variety of different opportunities available, from a sensory session facilitator to a secret garden volunteer. You might want to take part in one off volunteering or give your time regularly or over a fixed term. VINY can help people find something that suits you.

Kay Morrison, Senior Volunteering Officer at Community First Yorkshire, said: "If you've always wanted to try your hand at volunteering but don't know where to start, VINY can help you find your dream opportunity. Why not try something you've always wanted to do? Your volunteering journey is just a click away.

"As an organisation, we are incredibly ambitious about the positive impact we can make by helping individuals to realise their full potential. We hope that VINY can inspire more people to volunteer so that they benefit communities as well as themselves."

North Yorkshire organisations have welcomed the site which will help them recruit more volunteers.

Beverley Johnston, Volunteer Co-ordinator from Thirsk Community Care said: "We're really excited by the potential of Volunteering in North Yorkshire. I have seen for myself, the incredible impact that our volunteers can have on our communities and this new exciting tool will streamline the way volunteers find opportunities, and help us, as well as other organisations to reach a much wider audience of potential volunteers."

This new online volunteering platform is the latest approach to Community First Yorkshire's support for volunteer involving organisations in North Yorkshire.

Community First Yorkshire can also help organisations to develop best practice in managing volunteers and deliver a personally rewarding experience for every volunteer. They organise quarterly Volunteer Organiser (V-net meetings in each District of North Yorkshire, for those with a responsibility for volunteers; those seeking volunteers and those who need support in achieving their organisations aims.

According to NCVO's 'Time Well Spent' report, two in five adults – almost 20 million people across the UK – have taken part in volunteering within the past year. That's a lot of volunteers – but what about the rest of the population? What are you missing out on by not volunteering?

Anyone can volunteer. It can be very rewarding and is a great way to:

  • make a big difference to your community
  • meet new people
  • gain new or use existing skills
  • get volunteering experience

There are lots of easy ways to give your time to help others – from having a cup of tea with an elderly neighbour, to helping out in your local area or making a regular commitment to volunteer with a charity or community group, so come on and take a look, you never know what you might find!

It could also show a potential employer that that you are prepared to step forward when needed and want to give something back.

Find out how to volunteer in your local community and give your time to help others by visiting

www.volunteeringinnorthyorkshire.org.uk

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