As a volunteer you’ll learn new skills, meet new people and have fun while making a real difference in your local community. 

Do something amazing for Yorkshire

We wouldn’t be able to help the people of Yorkshire avoid and survive cancer without the efforts of hundreds of volunteers across the region. Your time is incredibly valuable to us, and every minute counts.

We're urgently looking to recruit volunteers to our shops in Knaresborough, Northallerton and Tadcaster. 
Find out more and register your interest here.

Become a shop volunteer

We're urgently looking to recruit volunteers to our shops in Knaresborough, Northallerton and Tadcaster.


Whether it’s working front of house welcoming and serving customers, keeping the shop floor tidy and fresh, or organising stock behind the scenes, our volunteers play an essential role in the smooth running of the shop and raising vital funds for Yorkshire Cancer Research. 

Become a shop volunteer

Volunteer at an event

Events raise thousands of pounds every year for important research projects. Volunteers are key to their success.

They add an extra sparkle, helping everything run smoothly and making sure everyone gets the most out of the day.

As a volunteer you can help with activities such as marshalling, manning water stations and cheering on participants. You can feel a real sense of achievement after helping to deliver a successful event.

If you would like to help, please contact the Events Team by emailing events@ycr.org.uk or calling 01423 877210.

Set up a volunteer group

By setting up your own volunteer group, you can help more people know about Yorkshire Cancer Research in your area.

From organising and promoting fundraising events to giving a talk in the local community, you’ll be making a big difference.

Our volunteers help with a range of different activities on behalf of the charity. They tell us how rewarding and sociable being a volunteer is. Some of the activities are listed below: 

  • Acting as a Yorkshire Cancer Research representative through building community networks.
  • Organising and promoting fundraising events. 
  • Organising collections such as bucket collections in local supermarkets. 
  • Attending group meetings. 
  • Giving presentations to community organisations, schools and groups such as the W.I, Rotary and Inner Wheel. 
  • Keeping records of the group’s financial activities and arranging submission funds.
  • Spreading the word and increasing awareness in your local area.

How we can help you:

  • Support from a member of staff who becomes your own contact point.
  • Regular e-mail updates.
  • Fundraising ideas, materials and information such as balloons and posters.
  • We can also provide other materials such as t-shirts for events.

Contact the Fundraising Team by emailing fundraising@ycr.org.uk or calling 01423 877210 for more information. 

Join a voluntary group

A fantastic £500,000 is raised each year by our 31 local voluntary groups who act as our ambassadors within local communities, raising awareness of the charity and supporting vital fundraising to enable us to fund research projects across the region.

Whether you’re looking for something to really get your teeth into, or you just have a few hours to spare, our committees will welcome you with open arms. If you are interested in joining, take a look at the list below to find out if we have a committee in your area. If you can’t see one near you, why not set up your own?

North Yorkshire

  • Great Ayton
  • Galtres
  • Helmsley
  • Leyburn
  • Masham
  • Richmond
  • Ridings
  • Ripon
  • Vale

West Yorkshire

  • Batley
  • Bingley
  • Huddersfield
  • Ilkley
  • Keighley
  • Leeds
  • Mirfield
  • Ossett
  • Selby
  • Wharfedale

East Yorkshire

  • Bridlington
  • Cottingham
  • Driffield
  • Hornsea
  • Malton
  • Pickering
  • Withernsea

South Yorkshire

  • Barnsley
  • Goole
  • Hatfield
  • Sheffield
  • Thorne

To get in touch with our committees please contact our Fundraising Team by emailing fundraising@ycr.org.uk or calling 01423 877210.

Other ways you can help

There are lots of ways that you can help Yorkshire Cancer Research.

You could:

  • Donate your knowledge and skills free of charge and help us save money.
  • Take part in a street collection.
  • Help us distribute posters and flyers within your local community.
  • Promote Yorkshire Cancer Research at community events.
  • Stuff envelopes or fill goodie bags at our office.

Please contact the Fundraising Team by emailing fundraising@ycr.org.uk or calling 01423 877210 if you’d like to give your time to help save lives in Yorkshire.