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With the latest government announcements regarding Coronavirus (Covid19) easing lockdown restrictions we understand that many of our volunteers will be eager to know when we will be resuming volunteering.

We are working really hard to get to grips with government guidance, to find safe ways to get our staff back from furlough and being able to resume outdoor work. Please bear with us while we do this- there are many things to consider, action and put in place to ensure the safety of our staff, volunteers and visitors. We’ll need a little time to put these adaptations in place but rest assured as soon as we can, we’ll be welcoming you back.

You can find our latest announcement regarding our response to the COVID-19 situation here.

Your volunteer manager will give you more specific guidance concerning your role and will keep in touch with you with regular updates about when you will be able to resume volunteering.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact you volunteer manager or the Volunteering Support Team, you can email us at volunteering@ywt.org.uk and will do our very best to respond to you as quickly as possible.


Incredible wild spaces, working alongside inspiring friends and supporting your local wildlife - that’s why our volunteers keep coming back.

All across Yorkshire people give us their spare minutes, hours and days on beaches, under trees, amongst meadows and in communities, schools and offices. Over 1000 volunteers are working together to create a Yorkshire rich in wildlife for everyone and you can be a part of it too. However much time you have and whatever skills and experience you bring there are many ways in which you can help the wildlife living on your doorstep. 

With so much to get involved in we’re sure we’ve got something for you; raking hay meadows, leading rock pooling, hosting a Wild Party, keeping watch over our sheep and cattle. Whatever you decide to do you’ll be part of a fantastic team helping to protect and share the amazing wildlife that calls Yorkshire home.

You might choose to volunteer regularly in our cafés, shops or offices, lead guided walks and events that fit around the rest of your life or pop along to our practical conservation days whenever you’re free and able. We even have some volunteers who give their time from home. Find opportunities near you.

(c) Simon Collins, York Filming and Editing and Helen Leavey, writer and journalist

I love working with my fellow volunteers and staff. Sometimes, when I wake up and don't feel like getting out of bed to do some work (I am retired), it is the thought of seeing, interacting and working with everyone else that jolts me out of my short-period apathy. Plus, I have the end-of-day pleasure of having done something worthwhile.
Neil Doherty, Volunteer

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