Get involved with Two Ridings by volunteering with us
Our staff team and board of trustees could not support the region’s people and communities in the way that we do without the help of our brilliant volunteers.
Each funding application we receive is read through by one of our volunteer assessors, who then speaks to the group to get a further insight into the work they do. Their feedback brings the project to life and helps us understand the true impact of it.
For each fund we administer we work with a funding panel, made up partially of local volunteer panel members, who make detailed recommendations on how the fund should be allocated. Their local insights and dedication to their community are crucial in our grant awarding process.
Various committees make up our board, including volunteer committee members, who advise us on the best way to run the Foundation with regards to finance, governance, grants and investments.
Without our volunteers we would not be able to fund the 600 plus community projects a year that we do. Our volunteers give us further insights to ensure that each project we support is not only effective and sustainable, but also makes a real difference to people’s lives.
Our trustees, assessors, panel and committee members, alongside our stakeholders make up a tour-de-force of people striving for our region to thrive.
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All our volunteers are highly skilled with a unique perspective of the charitable sector or lived experience of many of the issues we address. Many have great regional knowledge and all are passionate about the people and places we support.
If you would like to help us assess grant applications, become a panel member or sit on one of our committees, we would love to hear from you.
You will be part of a great extended team doing valuable work to address poverty, hunger, inequality and improve opportunities and wellbeing for Yorkshire folk.
Hear what our volunteers have to say
CATHARINE, VOLUNTEER ASSESSOR
I love it, it's flexible, friendly & so worthwhile
"Two Ridings are so good and so supportive of the organisations they make grants to, it is a joy to be an assessor for them. They know people personally and really do care. As an organisation they have gone from strength to strength, it is amazing what they have achieved in the last few years. I really enjoy what I do, it’s flexible, friendly and so worthwhile."
Catharine was the Manager of a small charity in York for years. She knew of Two Ridings through her role there and was always impressed with how friendly the people were and how flexible the funding was. As an assessor she is bowled over by how dedicated the people she talks to are and how they will do anything to keep their service going.
MILES, PANEL MEMBER
A real sense of purpose and achievement
"I love that local people are making local decisions on how a pot of money can benefit local communities. Together we are shifting the power of how community money is distributed. I am a more enriched person being involved in Deciding Together Participatory Grant making, it gives me a real sense of purpose and achievement."
Miles is a Dad of two. He was a happily married Bank Manager for many years, but through addiction he lost everything. Now in recovery, Miles is rebuilding his life. He uses his direct lived experience to help shape change across York and helps others in recovery do the same.
Two Ridings have such a good ear to the ground
"I love how Two Ridings have such a good ear to the ground, they are a very proactive funder. They really help donors design their own fund that meets their interests. When you have worked your socks off, it’s feels great to give back. I really enjoy visiting the groups we support and seeing how our grants make such a difference to the people that they support."
Rolline was the Founding Director of an international Event Catering company and has a huge amount of lived business experience across the board. She got to know Two Ridings through their action during the devastating Swaledale Floods and became a trustee from then on. She wants to make a difference locally.