A WEBSITE has been set up to allow potential volunteers secure their ideal role across North Yorkshire.

‘Volunteering in North Yorkshire’, which has been set up by Community First Yorkshire, has been designed to ‘simplify’ the process of volunteering across charities and organisations.

The site, which is being maintained and updated by the voluntary charity, allows volunteers to contact organisations directly through the website.

Kay Morrison, senior volunteering officer at Community First Yorkshire, said: “If you’ve always wanted to try your hand at volunteering but don’t know where to start, Volunteering in North Yorkshire can help you find your dream opportunity. Why not try something you’ve always wanted to do.

“Your volunteering journey is just a click away.

“As an organisation, we are incredibly ambitious about the positive impact we can make by helping individuals to realise their full potential.

“We hope that Volunteering in North Yorkshire can inspire more people to volunteer so that they benefit communities as well as themselves.”

It is hoped the website will boost the number of those volunteering their time in and around North Yorkshire.

The website does not feature a paywall and is offered free-of-charge for members.

Beverley Johnston, volunteer co-ordinator at Thirsk Community Care, said: “We’re really excited by the potential of Volunteering in North Yorkshire.

“I have seen for myself, the incredible impact that our volunteers can have on our communities and this new exciting tool will streamline the way volunteers find opportunities, and help us, as well as other organisations to reach a much wider audience of potential volunteers.”

Community First Yorkshire said the website was the latest approach in its efforts to support voluntary work.

The charity said it would continue to organise quarterly volunteer organiser meetings across each district in the county.

According to a recent study, two in five adults have taken part in volunteering within the past year.

The study by the National Council for Voluntary Organisation' found that this was the equivalent to almost 20 million people from across the UK.

A Community First Yorkshire spokesperson added: "What are you missing out on by not volunteering. Anyone can volunteer.

"It can be very rewarding and is a great way to make a big difference to your community, meet new people, gain new or use existing skills and get volunteering experience."