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North Yorkshire charity reaching new heights

North Yorkshire charity reaching new heights

Published at 7:02am 15th August 2017. (Updated at 1:28pm 15th August 2017)

A North Yorkshire charity is encouraging young people to "reach new heights", as it prepares to host an innovative volunteering event.

Disability Action Yorkshire, which is celebrating its 80th birthday this year, is aiming to attract new volunteers, in particular those in their mid to late teens, to join its existing team of helpers.

The event at Harrogate Climbing Centre will run from 2pm to 6pm on Thursday.

Many of the people which the charity helps are young and would love to 'buddy up' with someone who has similar interests to them.

That might mean just going down to the local pub or shopping.

The free event will be attended by charity staff, volunteers and a number of its customers, and is open to everyone aged over 18.

Jackie Snape, Chief Executive of Disability Action Yorkshire, says that having the climbing wall event is very symbolic to the charity.

She added: "Disabled people face a lot of barriers in their lives and they sometimes need someone to help them just to get over that barrier.

"There's the climbing wall, and with someone's help, they can climb to the top of the wall and pass that hurdle.

"It's a chance to see how disabled people are supported, what kind of support they need, to meet and have a chat and maybe even dispel a few myths about disabled people.

"Since day one, volunteers have been an integral part of our organisation, and their contribution over the last eight decades has been invaluable."

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Disability Action Yorkshire Chief Executive Jackie Snape