Who are Community First Yorkshire?

We are an influential, regional body that works with voluntary and community organisations, social enterprises and rural communities across North, South and West Yorkshire.

We provide an important rural advocacy role, encouraging partners to deliver equitable services and facilities for rural communities and individuals, and help them to develop solutions that meet those needs. Our rural advocacy and influencing role is funded by Defra. We are a rural community council and part of the Action with Communities in Rural England (ACRE) network.

Our vision and mission

Our vision is to improve the lives of people living in Yorkshire through more thriving, connected, inclusive and sustainable communities.

Our mission: we will achieve our vision by championing and connecting community and voluntary groups; providing leadership and practical support; encouraging volunteering and building collaboration. Find out more about our goals here.

In North Yorkshire, we are funded by North Yorkshire Council and NHS North Yorkshire to offer advice and support to voluntary and community groups. Through training, resources, networks and bespoke one to one support, we can help you with governance, funding, volunteering and so much more!

We also represent the voluntary and community sector to key stakeholders and work with the sector to amplify their voice on subjects that matter to them.

Find out more about how we can help you by contacting us on 01904 704177 or email info@communityfirstyorkshire.org.uk.

Support for community groups & organisations