COVID-19 – Our response

We are living in unprecedented times. To ensure the safety of both our partners and volunteers, we have made the very difficult decision to suspend the majority of our activity until further notice.

We are working closely together with City of York Council, York CVS and the University of York, where we are based, to ensure that we can continue to help those who need it most.

Volunteers with professional skills are needed to support voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations at this difficult time through our Skills Share programme.

To support our Social Connections programme, we are looking for volunteers who would be interested in writing to an older person to enable them to maintain contact and help reduce loneliness and isolation. We also need volunteers with tech skills to record some short ‘how to’ videos to help older people to use different devices, get online, set up social media, use Skype, FaceTime or Zoom to help them connect with family and friends. 

As part of our Inspiring Minds programme, we are creating a Day in the Life video series to enhance on-line learning for primary school pupils. We need volunteers who would be willing to create a short video about their job role or sector that we can share with schools. It is more important than ever that we continue to inspire and motivate pupils at this uncertain time.

If you are able to help with any of these please contact us on

Many community groups providing essential services are struggling financially. In response, Two Ridings Community Foundation have developed a community fund which will directly benefit local organisations.

We are also encouraging people to engage in acts of kindness during this time, this might be giving blood; donating items of food; supporting local businesses; checking in on neighbours or whatever you feel able to do.

If you are volunteering, please do let us know as we would love to hear and share your stories of how together we are making a difference and helping those who need it most.