How you can be a Friend of the Dales

There are many ways to become a Friend of the Dales and support the Yorkshire Dales Society, a registered charity. You’ll be helping keep the Dales special forever, for everyone!

Our charity receives no government funding and we rely almost entirely on voluntary contributions from people, communities and businesses as subscriptions, donations and legacies.

Join us as a member

The most impactful way to be a Friend of the Dales is to join as a Member.

You’ll be directly helping us to campaign against threats to the landscape, wildlife and communities of this incredibly special place. For over 35 years we have pushed for positive change and greater support for the Yorkshire Dales. This stunning and internationally renowned area needs more Friends like you!

See our Individual and Joint Membership page for the ways we thank you for becoming a Friend – with a fantastic membership magazine, discounts, free events and more! Memberships can be Gift Aided, meaning valuable extra funds to our charity.

Why not give a membership as a gift to celebrate a birthday, wedding anniversary or Christmas?

Make a donation

Every donation, large or small, directly helps our campaigns for positive action to benefit the Dales, its landscapes, wildlife and communities. With your help our volunteer team can work even harder to keep this special place vibrant and thriving, for everyone to value and enjoy. Donations can be Gift Aided bringing valuable extra funds to our charity.

You can make an online donation today! If you prefer you can donate by cheque or use internet banking. Click here to see secure ways to donate to our charity. 

Leave a gift in your will

If, like us, you love the Yorkshire Dales then please help us to keep this amazing place special with a gift in your will. Firstly, we recommend speaking to your solicitor. They will want to know our charity’s registration details and the type of gift you prefer. This could be a specific sum or perhaps a fixed percentage of your estate. You might it helpful to take this note along:

“I wish to make the following gift in my will. I give and bequeath …………. % share of my estate OR the sum of £……….. to Friends of the Dales (a registered working name of the Yorkshire Dales Society), of Canal Wharf, Eshton Road, Gargrave, North Yorkshire, BD23 3PN (Registered charity number 515384) for its general charitable purposes absolutely.”

Unlike big national charities, which may rely on legacies for up to 50% of their income, our charity doesn’t expect to receive legacies every year. In the fullness of time, your legacy gift could make a real difference to keeping the Dales vibrant and special for years to come. New threats and opportunities are always before us in the Dales and legacy income helps us respond to these quickly and plan for the future with confidence.

Click Legacies to find out how straightforward it is to leave a legacy gift to our charity.

Register as a supporter by signing up to our newsletter

Anyone can sign up to become a registered supporter and receive regular email newsletters with information about our campaigns, events and news stories about the Yorkshire Dales.

Like to get more involved?

Become a volunteer at our events, including walks, talks and Dales visits, or find out more about becoming a Trustee of our charity – Friends of the Dales.