Welcome to the Yorkshire Schools Exploring Society, a grant-making organisation supporting young people in Yorkshire.

It is with great sadness that YSES notes that the Society’s Honorary President, Don Robinson, has passed away.

Don has been a driving force behind YSES for many years, taking over the reins of the Society as chairman and ensuring that it has remained viable over the last 40 years, leading a number of very successful expeditions including expeditions to China and the Grand Canyon, and instigating the ’25-year plan’ which saw the Society revisit locations in order to perform important environmental and community work on a 5-year cycle.

Don’s importance to the Society will be marked through the awarding of grants in his name, the Don Robinson award, to future expeditioners.

About YSES

Yorkshire Schools Exploring Society is a reputable, responsible charitable trust, which has been giving young adults the opportunity for personal growth through exploration since 1964.

About YSES


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.


Who can apply

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.


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Click the button below to download the grant application form, which you will need to post to the YSES Grants address.

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