The National Park's Volunteering Service works with partner organisations whose vision for the future of the North York Moors and for the health and wellbeing of volunteers is aligned with that of our own.
Partner organisations have significant links to the area and are able to either host National Park staff/volunteers for tasks at their own sites, or undertake volunteer work themselves in support of the National Park's values and objectives.
These agreements are designed to strengthen the relationship between the National Park Authority and other organisations working in the area and help us maximise efforts towards caring for this very special place.
Many of the organisations also have their own volunteering programmes, which may be of interest to you.
|Organisation name||More information|
|Ampleforth Abbey||Ampleforth Abbey Orchard is one of the largest commercial orchards in the North of England. Each year the National Park Authority advertise opportunities to help with the Abbey's apple picking days, and are Conservation staff have also provided advice on caring for their medieval ponds and fen.|
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|The National Park has provided opportunities for members of the community to volunteer on the Cleveland Way. Camphill has also hosted staff and Member volunteering days.|
|Fylingdales Estate||Home to the National Park's 'Hoots' volunteer group, who work to help improve habitats and biodiversity.|
|Helmsley Walled Garden||Helmsley Walled Garden run their own successful volunteering programme and host an annual task for the National Park's Explorer volunteers.|
|National Trust||The National Trust host National Park volunteers, including young people taking part in Green Action Days, at sites such as Cod Beck Reservoir and Roseberry Topping.|
|North Yorkshire Moors Railway (NYMR)||The National Park works closely with NYMR in a number of ways, including to provide fantastic opportunities for volunteers, apprentices and also for staff as part of staff volunteering days. The National Park Authority's Conservation Department developed a site management plan for NYMR's Outstation at Stape, helping to maximise the Centre's biodiversity, dark sky and community engagement potential. The National Park's Outdoor Learning team have also used the Outstation for youth residentials and other activities.|
|Raincliffe Woods||A volunteering day for National Park staff was held at Raincliffe Woods in March 2023. The National Park Authority has also helped to support of the organisation through access to training and by advertising events and volunteering opportunities.|
|Thornton le Dale Village Hub||One of the National Park's community groups, but also an official partner, the Thornton le Dale Village Hub is has worked with the National Park Authority to improve local biodiversity and develop its ecosystems. Joint tasks help maintain the village's carpark and the Hub also host the National Park's Explorer Club.|
|Yorkshire Seals||The National Park has helped find volunteers interested in protecting our native seal populations.|
|Yorkshire Wildlife Trust||As a member of the Esk & Coast Partnership, Yorkshire Wildlife Trust are delivering tree and hedge planting projects across the coast which National Park volunteers have assisted with.|
Benefits of becoming a partner organisation
There are many mutual benefits to becoming a partner organisation to the North York Moors National Park, including:
- The opportunity for partners to advertise their volunteering vacancies on the National Park website and to current National Park volunteers
- Access to expert advice from National Park Authority staff in areas such as conservation and nature recovery
- The sharing of information on available grants and funding
- The sharing of best practice in volunteering
- Running joint tasks – we can provide National Park volunteers and/or Task Day Leaders to help with your larger or more challenging tasks
- Opportunities to get involved with tasks across the whole National Park
- Training for staff and/or volunteers of partner organisations who wish to become Task Day Leaders
- Providing partner organisations with hand tools/equipment
- Building closer working relationships between local organisations, landowners and the National Park Authority
- Increased awareness of the both the National Park and partner organisations through the sharing of positive news stories on our Community News pages and via social media
How to become a partner organisation
If you are interested in finding out more about becoming a partner organisation with the North York Moors National Park, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org