The Benchmarking tool allows for organisations to measure their social impact in 4 key areas: Education, Economy, Environment, and Community. Your responses will be presented in an easy-to-understand visual manner. It’s important to be honest, once your visual has been generated, you’ll then be able to compare your results against other companies.


Creating Connections

Creating connections is a great way for you to being working on your social impact. This function will allow you to promote your activities to the Chambers network of contacts. Not-for-profits, charities or individuals aiming to promote a good cause can request help from these businesses by emailing connection opportunities or requests to


Awards and Reward

Annually, the Raising the Bar Awards is the highlight of the business calendar. This is our way of rewarding you for your hard work; making social impact happen. We want to see you making real change in your local area by: taking part in charity work, supporting and investing in the community, or partnering with other members working on similar projects.



Share your stories with Chamber members and the wider business community with articles published on the members website, with potential inclusion in the Chamber quarterly magazine. Anything from successfully completed programs or updates on a project your working on, we want to promote and share your work.


Social Impact Stories

North Yorkshire Police Special Constable Recruitment

Special Constables come from all walks of life and join for a variety of reasons. They are a vital part of all Police Forces across the country, supporting and enhancing the work of regular Police Officers. North Yorkshire Police have a well-established Special Constabulary of dedicated volunteers, and we are committed to recruiting hard-working individuals…

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Help York College raise funds for St Leonards Hospice and The Island charities

York College was a late entry (from the reserve list with one and half weeks’ notice) into the York Dragon Boat Race on Sunday 14th July 2025. Despite never entering the event before or even being in a boat together (we had a dry practice on chairs in a class room ) we won our…

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Volunteer Treasurer wanted

Could your financial skills help transform the lives of people in need in Bradford? Citizens Advice Bradford & Airedale and Bradford Law Centre Volunteer Opportunity to help the people of the City. Each year, we help over 5,000 people in Bradford overcome obstacles preventing them from achieving their potential. For example, we save people from…

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Social Impact for Business

Raising the Bar is a Chamber-run business initiative. Our focus is to help develop, implement, and sustain social impact programs in our regional area. The West and North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce aims to bring our members together, to partner up and go above and beyond to serve the community you operate in. Whether this is done through fund raising, donations or employee volunteering opportunities, we want to see the change you’re making.

York’s free school meals pilots reach 6-month milestone

School pupils at two primary schools in York are celebrating the six-month anniversary of an ambitious scheme to pilot free…

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Join the conversation about new homes and area improvements in Walmgate and Fishergate

Residents of Walmgate and Fishergate are invited to drop-in sessions about the next steps to build 140 affordable, energy-efficient homes…

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Quality and quantity of council homes to increase

Councillors are looking at new and innovative ways to significantly increase the quality and quantity of affordable homes in York,…

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