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York Cares

York Cares is a partnership of the city’s leading employers committed to making York a better place through employee volunteering.

Matching the skills and expertise of employers and their employees to community projects where they can have the most impact, the tried and tested programmes deliver tangible benefits for local people as well as workforce development opportunities for employers

The University plays a pivotal role in the charity, employing a team of dedicated staff and sitting alongside community and business stakeholders on the York Cares Board. 

University of York employees have regularly offered their time and expertise to projects including:

  • Starting Blocks: a scheme to equip looked-after young people with employability skills and work experience
  • Right to Read: reading one-on-one with primary school pupils to boost literacy rates
  • Inspiring Minds: delivering workshops for primary school pupils to bring an academic subject to life
  • Team Challenges: making a tangible difference to a local park, community space or school during a half or full day team challenge
  • Social Connections: reducing isolation in older people in sheltered housing schemes through activities such as baking sessions, "crafternoons" and Christmas parties

Find out more

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The York Cares website offers information about:

  • what the intiative does
  • how employers and individuals can get involved
  • projects the initiative has helped with