The Swaledale Mountain Rescue Team has embarked on its latest search – for a volunteer to join the board as a trustee.

The charity comprises a dedicated team of volunteers, providing a year-round, 24-hour, voluntary, emergency search and rescue service, assisting people and animals lost or in distress across Wensleydale, Swaledale and, sometimes, further afield.

On average, the team responds to 35 callouts annually, working closely with emergency services to offer a vital and highly-valued service to both local communities and visitors exploring the Dales.

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Now, the charity is trying to track down a new trustee. Membership officer, Charlotte Porter, said: “This is an opportunity to make a real difference to the local community. The charity really values diversity and inclusivity, so we encourage applications reflecting the rich tapestry of our local community.

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"Prior knowledge of mountain rescue is not necessary. We realise everyone will have unique qualities to bring to the team and we value different perspectives. The ideal trustee will contribute actively as a board member, helping to achieve the successful conduct of the team’s objectives by providing oversight of financial propriety, strategic direction, transparent governance and reputation."

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Team Chair Tim Cain MBE added: “The ideal candidate will be a critical-thinker, prepared to challenge the status quo and pose difficult questions when needed. They will bring new, invaluable insights and perspectives to our board.”

The voluntary commitment is initially for three years. The successful candidate will attend quarterly board meetings, as well as general meetings two or three times a year. Additionally, there may be a need to be available virtually for time-critical decisions, ensuring the charity can respond swiftly where necessary.

• If you are interested, please submit your letter of application, including a CV, to