We couldn’t exist without the support of all our fantastic volunteers and we thank everyone who helps us in so many ways. Last year our 135 volunteers in Harrogate and Wakefield donated 12,338 hours of their time.
Volunteer roles include guiding a visually impaired person, assisting a wheelchair user, piloting a tandem, or supporting members with practical tasks on our conservation groups. Training is given and we endeavour to make your experience rewarding, exciting and fun!
If you would like further information on the volunteering opportunities currently available please get in touch; we’d love to hear from you.
Volunteering gets me out into the countryside, blows away the cobwebs and allows me to enjoy a day assisting others, which is always a great day out, whatever the weather. I don’t see it as ‘volunteering’, I see it as time shared with others, where we share the experience of whatever we are doing.
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One of the surprises and highlights for me was to receive the apple award for twenty years volunteering. This memory, along with memories of adventures with Open Country over those twenty years will sustain me for the next twenty years. Memories such as caving in the bowels of the earth and being marooned in the middle of a lake in a sailing boat with the wrong kind of wind! Not to mention the communal singing. Thank heaven for ear plugs!
Sally and Alex with their awards for 20 years of volunteering
Open Country at the Harrogate and District Volunteering Oscars
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Community House, 46 East Parade, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG1 5LT