Volunteer roles

If you are aged 18 and over and want to help others, sign up to become a Ready for Anything volunteer today. You don't need to offer a regular commitment, but you will be notified when there is an incident and if you are able to help you can confirm to us by text message, so a mobile phone is essential. You could be deployed to assist with numerous incidents, from helping in rest centres for evacuated people to door knocking to warn and inform residents.

We’ll contact you occasionally by email or phone about any incidents or upcoming training sessions. You’ll have an induction training session and then there will be additional annual training events you can take part in. You can also take part in live multi-agency exercises. We’ll keep in touch with you by phone and provide any equipment you may need. All our volunteers are provided with a Ready For Anything lanyard, but you should also bring some form of identification with you, such as a driving licence, when you are registering with the volunteer coordinator.

Our volunteers are covered by the North Yorkshire Council public liability insurance and employer's insurance. If you use a private vehicle, you are responsible for arranging your own insurance cover. You should check with your motor insurer that you are fully insured to drive the vehicle you will use when for volunteering for Ready For Anything. Not all insurers require notification s please check the Association of British Insurers (ABI) guide to volunteer driving insurance, which lists each insurer and if you need to take any action.

You don’t need to be DBS checked. Unfortunately, we are not able to offer expenses but we are extremely grateful to our volunteers – and can often provide a cuppa and a biscuit! There’s no obligation to be available for every call for help but if you are available, please reply to the text from us with ‘RFA YES’. If you’re not available, please ignore it.

You can leave our volunteer list at any time. Simply email us at readyforanything@northyorks.gov.uk and tell us that you no longer want to be a volunteer. We will delete all your personal details from our database, and you will no longer hear from us. Got any more questions? Please contact readyforanything@northyorks.gov.uk and we will be happy to help


A volunteer washing up

Rest Centre Support

Help in a centre for those evacuated. You will be supporting both public and staff, providing important information, reassurance, and a vital extra pair of hands.

Door knocking

Volunteers may be asked to help deliver information to communities. This may include door knocking or leaflet dropping to inform residents and offer support.

Volunteers visiting people in the community
Food donations being sorted at a rest centre

Donation support

Movement of equipment, sorting of donations and administrative support.


Movement of equipment, sorting of donations and administrative support.

Volunteers making tea in a rest centre
Flooding in Grinton, North Yorkshire

Clear up

Following an incident, help will be required to clear up and return things back to normal.

Good neighbour

Before, during, and after an incident we encourage volunteers to look in on their neighbours. Do they need any medication or shopping or could you help clear snow from their path?

Two good neighbours talking together, seated on a bench.