A Community First Yorkshire event

Volunteer Co-ordinators Network Meeting

As we head into the second half of 2024, we thought it would be timely to look at ways of demonstrating the impact that volunteers make to your organisations, as well as your communities. Funders and stakeholders often require demonstrable impact – but how do you illustrate this? At this meeting we will ask what roles you recruit volunteers into? Would you be able to achieve your goals without volunteers? Where are your next generation of volunteers coming from?

What will you learn?

We’re excited to be able to bring a network meeting out into the community of Pickering.

We will be introduced to North Yorkshire Moors Railway where we will hear from one of the 1000+ volunteers as well as have a tour of the station.

It will also be interesting to hear about the railway’s for 2024/25 and how they demonstrate impact across the Moors and further afield.

With the 10-year Vision for Volunteering strategy in mind we will look at ripple effect mapping – a technique designed to capture the ‘ripples’ of impact that are hard to measure by more traditional methods.

You will also be introduced to our Age Friendly Network, with our coordinator talking about how the network can help older people in our communities share information and individual views on the topics that matter.

Who should attend?

This is a network meeting for volunteer co-ordinators from across North Yorkshire offering an opportunity to come together and share information, advice, tips and thoughts on all aspects of volunteer management.

What’s included?

All attendees will receive a copy of the presentations and notes from the session.

A light lunch will be provided as well as tea and coffee.

About the hosts

Vicki Sharp is a Development Officer with Community First Yorkshire’s Community Support North Yorkshire team.

Vicki has years of practical experience in volunteer recruitment and support including being the Volunteer and Operations Manager at Ripon Museum Trust. A former secondary school teacher she also worked for many years as a Youth Worker, SEND advisor and Youth Development Worker across the former Harrogate District. Vicki volunteers at The Ritz Cinema in Thirsk.

Michelle Baggaley is the Community Engagement Manager for North Yorkshire Moors Railway; a heritage railway and accredited museum and National Portfolio Organisation.

Michelle joined in 2022 and brought experience from a largely education and finance background, having worked for the University of Hull for the previous 13 years. Her current role involves supporting over 1000 active volunteers, building relationships and widening participation with underserved communities and supporting the formal and informal learning opportunities at the museum.

Jeanette Hague is the Age Friendly Network Coordinator at Community First Yorkshire, a new network for older people’s voice and representation throughout North Yorkshire.

Jeanette started with Community First Yorkshire in July last year and brings experience from a background of charitable work in network/membership building projects over the last 5 years, with some NHS work thrown in for good measure.  Prior to that Jeanette was an ambassador for the NSPCC touring primary schools in North Yorkshire and the Humber with her Mascot ‘Buddy’ delivering the ‘Speak out Stay Safe’ programme.  Jeanette is also a volunteer and Trustee at Scarborough Sea Cadets where she is their fundraising and grants lead.

Felicity Palmer is a Development Officer who started with Community First Yorkshire in March and brings with her experience of supporting student volunteers at York University. They also hold a number of voluntary roles in the York area, facilitating and organising a range of local environmental projects and community climate outreach programmes.

How to get there

Pickering Station, YO18 7AJ

Pickering Station is just off the A170 between Scarborough and Thirsk and lies just off the A169, 9 miles from Malton and the A64.

Pickering Station offers all-day car parking for £5. Alternative all day parking is next door to the station’s carpark and costs £7.

The Learning Centre is on platform 2. Walk through the NYMR carpark past the wooden information centre (on the left-hand side) and around the corner onto platform 2. The learning centre is at the far end of the platform.

An accessibility guide for Pickering Station is available by visiting this link.

Booking details

Book here.

Bookings deadline: 25/06/24

Set up from 9am. Arrivals from 9.30am.


Contact details

Booking queries contact: communitysupport@communityfirstyorkshire.org.uk 

Tel: 01904 704177