About us

About us

About Community First Yorkshire

Community First Yorkshire is an influential, regional body which works with voluntary and community organisations, social enterprises and rural communities across North, South and West Yorkshire. We are an independent charity formed from a merger between Rural Action Yorkshire and the North Yorkshire & York Forum.

Supporting communities • Inspiring Action • Representing you

Whether you are a large or small group or organisation, we are your first port of call if you need practical support – we can help with everything from governance and funding through to strategic planning and community engagement.  If we cannot help you we will be able to signpost you to someone who can.

Welcome to Volunteering in North Yorkshire Directory (VINY)

Volunteering in North Yorkshire Directory or (as we like to call it) VINY, is finally here! We have been hard at work creating this platform, where volunteers like yourself can find opportunities from across North Yorkshire. Whether its festival volunteering you are after, working as a befriender or doing something in the great outdoors, there is something here for you.  

Community First Yorkshire works with a dynamic network of charities, voluntary and community groups across North Yorkshire. This network provides a broad range of services to all kinds of people and supports local and community action. It provides a wealth of opportunities for volunteering in all sorts of exciting activities and projects, which help to support communities.  

VINY will enable charities, voluntary and community groups across North Yorkshire to directly post their active volunteer opportunities on this site.  

I want to volunteer

Your age, background and previous experience do not matter. You may have a little or a lot of time to give. The beauty about volunteering is that it can fit around you. There are lots of ways that you can contribute to your community. There will be an opportunity out there to suit you!

There are a variety of opportunities ranging from something you can do in the comfort of your home to helping in a group, from caring for animals to researching heritage, from leading a group to one off event volunteering.

Why not have a look through VINY, find something you like and get involved. 

Free to use. Flexible to suit you.

You can browse before registering: You can search for opportunities and information without registering to volunteer. The tabs at the top of every page will help you navigate around the site.     

I am ready to register: Once you’ve found the opportunity you’re interested in, you will need to register to connect with the voluntary organisation.
You can favourite opportunities: Once you’ve registered you will be able to save your favourite opportunities until you are ready to take the next step.
Frequently asked questions:  Any questions? Here are answers to some we have been asked before. Please contact us if you have not found the answer to your question.

I need volunteers!

Advertising volunteer opportunities on the directory is FREE. This directory only lists North Yorkshire opportunities. Your organisation must create an account to register volunteer opportunities directly and to manage new enquiries from potential volunteers.  

Good practice is important to us. There are Volunteer Organisers Network (V-Net) Meetings in every district in North Yorkshire so peers can keep in touch and share good practice. We also provide organisations with information services, advice and guidance, toolkits, and training.

Everyone Needs Trustees!

We can provide advice on how to advertise for and recruit volunteers looking for trustee positions across North Yorkshire. 

Who runs the Volunteering in North Yorkshire Directory?

Volunteering in North Yorkshire Directory is a service provided by Community First Yorkshire.