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Volunteering Update (COVID-19)

Looking to Volunteer: Unfortunately we are not able to advertise for any voluntary roles at the current time or accept any application forms. Whenever we have an update or new voluntary roles, we will share them here.  If you wish to register your interest in volunteering and hear from us about volunteering stories and opportunities then please complete the form below and return it to us at volunteering@ywt.org.uk. We are very much looking forward to a time when it is safe enough for you to volunteer with us and the number of people who have contacted us interested in volunteering has been heart-warming, so thank you to everyone who is looking to support our work through volunteering.

Existing Volunteers: We have been working really hard alongside all our volunteer managers and the wider Yorkshire Wildlife Trust team to start the gradual process of re-starting volunteering. This is only happening for certain roles, which assist with essential work and can do so in a safe way alongside all the new precautionary measures we need to take. These roles include: 

•    Litter Collection - Waves of Waste (not public events)
•    Surveying and monitoring e.g. Breeding Bird Surveys
•    Livestock Checking
•    Specific tasks for trained volunteers
•    Warden/ Rangers

It's important to stress that this may not be an immediate return for every volunteer in these roles. If you volunteer in any of these roles, your volunteer manager will contact you individually to restart your volunteering. They will give you specific guidance concerning your role and provide you with details of any further training, H&S implications and arrange any PPE requirements with you in order for you to start volunteering again. Please do not start volunteering again until you have agreed this with your volunteer manager and all the necessary procedures are in place to ensure you will be safe. If your volunteer manager is furloughed it is unlikely that you will be able to volunteer until they return to work.

For all of our other volunteering such as task days, events and office volunteering please be assured that we are working hard to resume these activities as soon as we are able to do so safely. 

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

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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