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With a training session tailored to their needs, we helped Esk Moors Caring trustees gain confidence

Trustees have more confidence in their role and understand their responsibilities through niche in-person training.
What was the challenge?

Esk Moors Caring needed help in understanding the roles and responsibilities of trustees to enable the charity to become more sustainable and help the board feel more confident.

How did Community First Yorkshire help?

One of our development officers designed and delivered a series of bespoke training sessions by consulting closely with the group about their needs and priorities. The sessions were tailored to those identified needs and Community Support North Yorkshire team members travelled to Esk Moors Caring to deliver the training in person.

The training helped the organisation to gain clarity on many issues and roles and helped them to identify areas that needed improvement.

What does the future look like?

As a result of the training, trustees and staff feel better informed overall and have more understanding of policies and trustees’ responsibilities. The trustees and staff recognised the benefit of this knowledge and of keeping it up to date and relevant by committing to rolling reviews.

The training has helped Esk Moors Caring to be in a stronger position to deliver its charitable aims – of enabling people to live safely and confidently in their own homes for as long as possible in a very rural community in the North Yorkshire Moors. They will continue to grow and develop as they provide practical and personal support. The organisation feels more confident about delivering its social activity programme of leisure activities, fitness classes and craft workshops for all ages and abilities.

“[It was] very useful to have someone from outside the organisation to present a professional, critical view of [us], enabling us to identify areas of concern and to plan to remedy shortfalls.”
Trustee, Esk Moors Caring
About the organisation

Esk Moors Caring is a charitable organisation that was set up by people living in the Upper Esk Valley in the North Yorks Moors with the aim of enabling people to live safely and confidently in their own homes for as long as possible.

How we can help you

As a registered charity, we understand your needs. Our local advisers work across North Yorkshire and will come to you to ensure you get access to the best quality advice and guidance including funding advice, helping you set up as a community organisation, governance and trustees, finance support, marketing advice, and exploring ways to further develop your organisation.

If you know a community group, charity or social enterprise that needs some support to be even more successful, contact one of our friendly advisors on 01904 704177 or

Community Support North Yorkshire is funded by North Yorkshire Council and NHS North Yorkshire.

Do you need help with:
  • securing income for your organisation or project?
  • turning your ideas of becoming a new community organisation into a reality?
  • benefiting from greater security as a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO)?
  • thinking about reviewing your organisation and planning ahead?
  • understanding trustee’s legal roles and responsibilities?
  • benefitting from a financial health check?

Our advisers can help. Call us today 01904 704177 or email