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York is recognized as a city that elevates and supports citizen engagement and volunteerism. The city offers a broad range of volunteering opportunities to its citizens, from looking after green areas to mentoring fellow residents. York makes it possible for people of all ages and backgrounds to volunteer in the city to help others, develop their own skills, and gain new experiences.

The city is at the start of its journey to becoming an asset-based place that focuses on citizen's abilities, rather than their inabilities. With this approach in mind, York plans to build strong and resilient communities by harnessing the untapped skills of its people through its active citizen engagement and volunteerism programs.

York has been a member of the Cities of Service coalition since 2016.

Corporate Director of Health, Housing, and Adult Social Care Martin Farran

Martin Farran has over 30 years of experience working in social care in both the voluntary and statutory sectors. Currently serving as the director of adult services in City of York Council and previously having served as the executive director for communities at Barnsley Council, his vision is to have future health and social care and community services that improve people’s quality of life, health, and well-being based on personalisation and self-directed support. His ethos is very much about building on people’s abilities – not inabilities; an asset-based approach.

Head of Commissioning Joe Micheli

As Head of Commissioning, Joe Micheli leads the early intervention, prevention, and community development programs in the city, including Local Area Coordination. Joe previously worked as the head of service for stronger communities at Barnsley Council for 17 years, with responsibility for the development of the Council’s area arrangements and the Council’s Cities of Service program, which mobilizes volunteers to address local challenges. Previous roles have included head of social inclusion and lead on neighborhood renewal.

Chief Executive, York CVS Sarah Armstrong

Sarah Armstrong is Chief Executive of York CVS. Sarah has over 20 year's experience developing organisational strength and resilience in complex and challenging environments. Working for 10 years at a senior director level in a range of roles, her expertise covers organisation design, re-design, complex change management processes, new business development, and income generation, strategy development, and leadership. She joined York CVS in January 2016, after being Director of Operations for Healthwatch England, based in London.