Volunteering for Yorkshire Air Ambulance

by | 8 October 2021 | Local Charity, Rotherham

It’s a common misconception that Yorkshire Air Ambulance (YAA) is government funded when it is not. The charity relies solely on the generosity of individuals and organisations to help save lives across region and it costs £12,000 a day, the equivalent of £4.4 million every single year to keep their helicopters airborne.
As a rapid response emergency service, their air ambulances serve a population of five million people across four million acres. Their two air ambulances operate from Nostell Priory near Wakefield in West Yorkshire and RAF Topcliffe near Thirsk in North Yorkshire, covering the whole of Yorkshire seven days a week, 365 days per year. In 2020, the Yorkshire Air Ambulance responded to 1,329 incidents across Yorkshire and treated 922 patients.
Yorkshire Air Ambulance are always looking for enthusiastic, reliable, and committed people to join their team of friendly volunteers. YAA’s incredible volunteers are the beating heart of their charity and without them they would not be able to continue saving lives across the region.
Their volunteers provide them with vital support and enable them to have a presence in local communities and spread awareness of the YAA right across the county. The YAA has nearly 200 volunteers who assist them with all aspects of the charity, from speaker presentations to helping them collect tins and even helping in the store room at their head office.
Yorkshire Air Ambulance volunteering roles are flexible and can fit around your schedule, whether that’s weekly, monthly or a few times a year and there’s a volunteering role to suit everyone from public speakers who talk to a variety of groups about the lifesaving work of the YAA to Community Event Volunteers who assist with the running of stalls at a plethora of fabulous events across god’s own county. If you prefer to dip your toes into many different types of volunteering, you can apply to be a fundraising volunteer who will assist with everything from cheque presentations to bucket collections and even wearing the YAA mascot!
Laura Lawton, South Yorkshire Community Fundraiser for Yorkshire Air Ambulance, said: “Volunteers provide much needed additional support to the charity from spreading the word in their local communities to providing valuable skills and experience for our events and talks.
“They are an integral part of the YAA family, and they would not be able to continue fundraising for the charity without their immense support and dedication.”
To find out about volunteering roles in your area, please visit www.yorkshireairambulance.org.uk/volunteer-for-us/, where you can download an information pack and complete the online application. Alternatively, email volunteer@yaa.org.uk.