Looking to put something back? : Five fab organisations seeking volunteers


We’re very proud of our deep-rooted ethos of giving back to our local communities and of supporting some powerful campaigns with organisations including The Prince’s Trust.

We’re likewise also keen to cheer on our team when they raise funds for tremendous causes including the inspirational Jane Tomlinson’s Run for All campaign which offers a series of runs including the Leeds and York and Hull 10ks and the Leeds Half Marathon.

Volunteering is also an ideal way to help to make a difference – and below are five organisations who would be delighted to hear from you.


Touchstone’s wide-ranging, innovative services improve health and wellbeing. Strongly committed to equality, independence and choice, the services are shaped by the needs of the facility users, and the multi-cultural community in which Touchstone operate, is greatly reflected. For more information call 0113 216 2792, or email volunteers@touchstonesupport.org.uk

Support Dogs

Based in Sheffield, Support Dogs works across the UK to boost the independence and quality of life of people with various medical conditions by training and supporting special assistance dogs. The charity helps with everyday tasks for those with physical disabilities, give advanced warning of seizures for people who live with epilepsy and safety – and support for children with autism and their families. To get involved call 0114 261 7800 or fill in the form at https://supportdogs.org.uk/support-us/volunteer/

Open Country

With 20 years of experience in organising and leading countryside activities for people with disabilities, Open Country offers high quality information, training and advice to organisations wanting to provide better access to their countryside sites and events. Fully accessible transport is provided and teams of trained volunteers are on hand to offer assistance as necessary. To volunteer please call 01423 507227.
Yorkshire Dales National Park

The national parks throughout the UK are protected areas due to their beautiful countryside, wildlife and cultural heritage. Due to being large areas of land that contain towns and villages, there are national park authorities, organisations and thousands of  volunteers who help look after them. However, there are limited resources and the National Park Authority is reliant on help from partners and individuals. If would like to contribute to the good work done, go to this section which will give you some ideas on getting started!

Royal National Lifeguard Institution (RNLI)

With the purpose of saving lives at sea, the RNLI provides not only a 24-hour lifeboat search and rescue service, but also a seasonal lifeguard service. Both volunteers and staff strive for excellence whilst being selfless, dependable, trustworthy and courageous. If you feel you could be extraordinary and give your time to help save lives at sea, don’t hesitate to visit our volunteer page here, and get involved!

Full more information on The Bayford Foundation and job opportunities available, visit www.bayfordfoundation.co.uk or call 0113 202 5129.

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