Name Description
Yorkshire Archaeological Society

The Yorkshire Archaeological & Historical Society's purpose is to:

“The examination, preservation and illustration of the History, Architecture, Antiquities, Manners, Customs, Arts and Traditions of the county of York…”

"To this end we collect books and archive materials; we publish in print and digitally; we arrange lectures and other events, and we offer small grants to assist others who contribute to these objects. Our members, both individuals and affiliated bodies, share a passion for Yorkshire’s past and, as volunteers, their commitment drives the Society forward."

Membership provides access to the Society's Library at the University of Leeds Library as well as the wider holdings of Leeds University Library - email the Society's Hon. Secretary for further information.

Yorkshire Archery Association

Individual archery clubs have open membership. Each club offers beginners sessions at minimum cost. Group aimed at: 8yrs+. No upper age limits. Parent organisation is Grand National Archery Society/Archery GB.
The purpose of the Yorkshire Archery Association is to promote and support the sport of archery in Yorkshire.
The YAA is the county affiliation body for clubs in Yorkshire.
The YAA represents Yorkshire's archers at the regional and national levels.
The YAA is affiliated to the Northern Counties Archery Society and Archery GB (the Grand National Archery Society).
The YAA has the largest number of affiliated clubs of any English county organisation.
The YAA organises several tournaments each year including the indoor and outdoor county championships.
The YAA selects and manages the Yorkshire county teams.
The YAA maintains records of the highest scores achieved in the various disciplines of archery practised in the county.
The YAA presents awards in recognition of service to archers and clubs in Yorkshire.

Yorkshire Army Cadet Force

Yorkshire (North and West) ACF is one of the largest ACF Counties in the UK.

Its aim is to inspire young people to achieve success in life, to develop them both physically and mentally. It does this through improving self-confidence, teamwork and leadership skills, and creating great friendships!

We welcome new members of all abilities and backgrounds to join our wonderful organisation and take part in the great range of activities that we offer.

Membership by application and open to young people aged 12 to 17. The Army Cadets is a national voluntary youth organisation sponsored and supported by the Army but not part of it – there is no requirement for cadets to join the Army when they leave.

Yorkshire Association of Change Ringers

"The YACR is one of the largest ringing associations in the country – the largest geographically and one of the larger in terms of the number of members. More than 350 of our churches have four or more bells hung for full-circle ringing, and our bell repair fund is available to help enthusiastic communities restore and augment existing rings and create new ones.

"The Association is divided into nine branches and also has a very active Young Ringers group."

The branch that includes Bradford distict is called "Western"

Yorkshire Badminton Association

The group aims to oversee and develop badminton in Yorkshire for all ages.

Yorkshire Band of Hope Union

The Yorkshire Band of Hope Union is a charity founded in 1865, specialising in alcohol and drug awareness and are based in Huddersfield West Yorkshire.

We work across the Yorkshire region and sometimes further afield. Our educators are trained to run interactive drug and alcohol sessions in primary and high schools, youth and children clubs. We also run drug and alcohol awareness courses for professionals and parents groups. The Yorkshire Band of Hope Union has a Christian ethos and foundation, we work with people of all faiths, belief and ethnic backgrounds.

Yorkshire Campaign For Nuclear Disarmament

Yorkshire CND campaigns on nuclear weapons, nuclear power and peace issues. We are currently campaigning against the renewal of Trident, Britain's nuclear weapons system which will cost over £100 billion to implement. Locally we are also active in research and awareness raising of the role of local bases such as Menwith Hill and Fylingdales US Missile Defence and how they perpetuate nuclear proliferation and conflict globally. We campaign using a variety of strategies including informing and educating, research, lobbying, media work, direct action and demonstrating. A variety of campaign materials are available from Yorkshire CND and further information on our current campaigns is available from our website. Our network of committed activists and volunteers play a vital role in our campaigning work and we welcome new members or volunteers.

Yorkshire Cancer Community

Yorkshire Cancer Community is a network for people affected by cancer and those who support cancer patients and carers in the Yorkshire and Humber area.

We aim to enable the views and experiences of cancer patients, families and friends to be heard, and used to improve the quality of cancer care in our region.

We do this by working together with health and social care professionals to ensure the patient voice is always taken into account, especially when designing or refreshing services.

We have a patient board with representatives from across Yorkshire and the Humber who lead the work of the Yorkshire Cancer Community.
They work closely with the Engagement and Communications Officer who is funded by Macmillan Cancer Support and hosted by Healthwatch Wakefield.

We offer information by Facebook, Twitter, email updates, a quarterly newsletter and informative website.

We hold networking events and offer opportunities to join patient/carer panels, focus groups, research, conferences and training.

Join us today and make sure that all people affected by cancer continue to have a voice.

Yorkshire Cat Rescue

Yorkshire Cat Rescue is registered with the Charity Commissioners for England and Wales and is registered charity number 1160138 (formerly 1058218).

The charity exists to save the lives of abandoned and unwanted cats and kittens in Yorkshire and parts of Lancashire. It offers a rehoming service for such cats and accommodates them at its purpose-built centre near Keighley. Centre open by appointment. Please call to arrange a visit our phones are answered between 1pm and 4pm (except Wednesday).

All the cats in our care are neutered, microchipped, vaccinated and given any other medical and behavioural treatment required before rehoming. We have a no-kill policy (unless recommended by vets due to quality of life). This means that we sometimes get chronically ill cats (or kittens) that can still lead a very good life (pretty much equal to any healthy cat) but have to have long-term medication and/or treatment. Any cat in our care will be cared for until we find him or her a home.

Yorkshire Classic Motor Cycle Club

To promote and organise British Bike competitive events for enthusiasts of British Bikes of the era prior to 1965.

Membership by application. Located in the rugged, natural trials terrain of Yorkshire and Lancashire, we cater for riders of all abilities on a wide range of bikes and strive to retain the spirit of the sport as it was in the 50's and 60's.

Club committee meetings are usually held on the first Tuesday of every month at The Bronte Hotel Lees Road Haworth BD22 8RA at 8pm (unless advised differently in the upcoming events).

Yorkshire Countrywomen's Association

Formed in 1983 the YCA exists throughout the region to promote companionship, crafting and the importance of community. We bring ladies together from all walks of life, generations and backgrounds who go on to form long lasting friendships. Whether you wish to simply attend meetings with guest speakers, attend country shows as YCA ambassadors or join our committees, you will be warmly welcomed by all.

There are over 65 Branches throughout Yorkshire who all share this aim and are waiting to welcome you.

In Bradford distict there are two branches, find your nearest at

Yorkshire Cricket Board

Yorkshire Cricket Board is the governing body for recreational cricket in Yorkshire. One of our key goals is to promote the game of cricket at all levels across the County, working in partnership with other appropriate agencies and organisations, including schools and local cricket clubs. There are over 700 cricket clubs and teams affiliated to the YCB, with in excess of 1450 senior recreational teams across Yorkshire playing cricket every weekend. We work closely with our cricket partners of Yorkshire County Cricket Club and the Yorkshire Cricket Foundation to promote all forms of cricket within Yorkshire.

Find the contact details for the West Yorkshire team at

Yorkshire Cyclo-cross Association

The Yorkshire Cyclo-Cross Association provides support, co-ordination and various resources to Cyclo-Cross event organisers in Yorkshire. Run entirely by volunteers, we organise a series of races around the Yorkshire area.

The organisation is affiliated to British Cycling, which provides event insurance and additional support.

Organisers looking to hold events in Yorkshire should contact Get in touch and we will help you to get your event off the ground, make sure everything runs smoothly on the day and, perhaps most importantly, fit it into the schedule for the season and help to promote it.

Training in Bradford district takes place at Marley Playing Fields, Aireworth Road, Keighley BD21 4DB

Yorkshire Dance

Yorkshire Dance is a charity which champions the value of dance and its development in Yorkshire. We create opportunities for people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities to benefit from seeing, making and taking part in high quality dance.

We offer a range of dance classes for children, adults and over 55s. Our main programme in Bradford is Dance On for over 55s. We host regular festivals and performance events. We support dance artists across the region. See our website for further details.

Yorkshire Dialect Society

Encourages the study, writing and recording of dialect. Free to members are two annual publications about dialect. Arranges several meetings each year in various parts of the old county, publishes a wide range of dialect literature, audiotapes and CD's Dialect enquiries require an S.A.E. Open to anyone interested in the study and research of the Yorkshire dialects and/or reading or writing dialect prose and poetry. All enquiries, including media, to Publicity/Information Officer. AGM April. Approx 500 members. The group aimed at 16+ If any members would like a more active role in the running and shaping of the YDS, here’s an opportunity – the society currently has several general vacancies on the Council (duties are minimal and require attendance at twice-yearly meetings).

All enquiries regarding these vacancies should be directed to the Chair (Rod Dimbleby) at; or by post at: 20 Lower Newlands, Brighouse, HD6 3RG

Yorkshire Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Yorkshire Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs is part of one of the largest rural youth organisations in the UK dedicated to young people who have a love for agriculture and rural life.

Led by young people for young people, our Young Farmers' Clubs provide their members aged 10 to 26 with a unique opportunity to develop skills, work with their local communities, travel abroad, take part in a varied competitions programme and enjoy a dynamic social life.

Find a local club at To join a local club, telephone 01423 546170 or email and the County Office will pass on your details to the nearest Young Farmers’ Club in your area.

Yorkshire Heraldry Society

Originating from an evening class on heraldry in 1970 the Leeds Heraldry Society changed its name to The Yorkshire Heraldry Society in 1987 to attract a wider membership.

We are still a small society with around 40 members and would very much welcome new blood. Membership costs £8 per annum and our meetings cover a range of topics often of general interest with an heraldic theme (such as the history of pub signs) to the history of specific Coats of Arms.

We have half a dozen members who have a wide ranging knowledge of heraldry (we would welcome more!) but the majority of us are just content to listen and learn as we go. Most of us have joined the Society through an interest in an associated subject. Perhaps the most relevant is genealogy. - If you would like to find an armigerous ancestor perhaps the Society can help.

We produce a newsletter called the Owlet for members so please do not feel you cannot join if you live away from Yorkshire or the UK. We also publish a journal called Aspects of Heraldry once a year which has a rich variety of subjects. Back issues are available.

We would be pleased to hear from you or better still receive an application from you to join our friendly band! Find out about membership and download the form at

Our next HERALDRY DAY is postponed until May 2024. For details email DON'T MISS IT!

Yorkshire Keep Fit Association

Maintaining and improving fitness through exercise and dance for a range of ages and abilities.

Teacher training is available - Become a dance fitness instructor with the Level 2 Laban Dance Fitness Certificate and learn to teach dance-inspired fitness classes that are effective, safe and improve physical and mental well-being. You can also specialise in leading excercise classes for older adults by taking the the Keep Fit Association's "Sit and Stay Fit" course – endorsed by EMD UK.

The Keep Fit Association is a national organisation, you can contact the Yorkshire team at

Yorkshire MESMAC

Yorkshire MESMAC is a group of independent community based sexual health and social wellbeing services that are committed to developing and delivering services that are responsive to the needs of our communities.

The Bradford office does not have an accessible entrance, however we can arrange appointments in accessible locations if needed. Please call for more information.

Yorkshire MESMAC: BLAGY (Bradford Lesbian and Gay Youth)

BLAGY is a safe space for young LGBTQ+ people. We have a varied programme of activities including; sexual health workshops, discussions, external speakers or sometimes we just cook some food and network together. Any LGBTQ+ people between the ages of 14 and 25 are welcome. Please call Jonathan or Char on: 01274 395815 for more information or email:

Yorkshire Rose Dyslexia

Yorkshire Rose Dyslexia has a helpline service run by volunteers. They also arrange conferences, webinars and seminars on a regular basis covering dyslexia topics of interest to both parents, teachers, tutors and Learning Support Staff.

Typing by touch can be a valuable skills for dyslexic children to learn. The Typing Club offers touch typing for children + 8 years old, based at Fulneck School, Fulneck in Pudsey, run by volunteers. It offers weekly lessons and home practice is encouraged.

Yorkshire Rowing Council

Governing body for rowing in Yorkshire affiliated to the Amateur Rowing Association. Provides British Rowing's Education Courses as well as RYA2 Powerboat Handling

Find your local rowing club at

For fitness, for fun, for family and friends - we always need more rowers, coxes, coaches, umpires, volunteers and cake!

Yorkshire Schools Exploring Society

Yorkshire Schools Exploring Society is a charitable trust set up to give young adults the opportunity for personal growth through exploration.

The Yorkshire Schools Exploring Society makes awards annually to young people aged 15 to 19 years at the start of the expedition to assist them to take part in expeditions or adventurous projects at home or abroad.

Applicants must be in full-time education or training in a Yorkshire school or college. The definition of adventure should relate to the ability and experience of the applicant. Grants are made to individuals only, not to groups.

Yorkshire Subterranean Society

To introduce newcomers safely into caving/potholing. We have our own fully equipped bunkhouse. Open to new members, insurance available through becoming a member.

Monthly newsheet by email. Rope training facilities and conference facilities at bunkhouse. Training events are organised for newcomers. "Try Caving" events held every year.

Yorkshire Vernacular Buildings Study Group

The study of buildings which are typical for an area or region. Membership is open to anyone with an interest in vernacular architecture. Annual subscription £12 per person. There is an annual conference, annual day school, field recording days, walk about tours of towns and villages and training seminars. Quarterly newsletter for members and events page on website.