People Helping People

People Helping People:
impact, city led volunteering in York

What’s this about?

On 20 November, we welcomed visitors from the US, and all over the UK, to learn with us in York. Based on the renowned Cities of Service model, the focus was impact volunteering.  Particularly, how people can help people to deliver positive change in York, and elsewhere, by working with city priorities.

What’s impact volunteering?

It’s practical, efficient volunteering. It focusses on a specific local or community need, usually something that’s seen to be a priority here in York, such as supporting people who feel lonely or isolated, or being alongside young people struggling to learn. And importantly, it checks out the results, making sure that individual contributions are well made and well used.

In York we already have over 6000 volunteers – from all age groups, neighbourhoods and communities. Imagine how this talent, energy and time can make a real contribution to some of our long term city challenges?

A new volunteering strategy for York

Impact volunteering is at the heart of this new approach in York. To find out more, download our volunteering strategy.

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Now let’s check out an important US visitor …

Our Volunteering Strategy

Watch Myung J. Lee talk about Cities of Service