Published: 7th Apr 2020

During the coronavirus pandemic it is more important than ever that we keep people safe and supported across North Yorkshire’s communities.

North Yorkshire is a place where looking out for friends and neighbours is part of daily life and kindness comes naturally. These values are what helps make the county such a special place to live, work and visit.

We know that people and businesses want to help their communities and we’re encouraging people to either volunteer for their community or come to work for us on a casual basis.

We encourage all businesses to share our recruitment campaign with their staff, friends and family details are available at: https://www.northyorks.gov.uk/careandsupport

This could have mutual benefit for your business; if your business is experiencing a temporary downturn and staffs’ income has reduced this could provide temporary income whilst you await your business activity returning to normal levels. Alternatively, you might have staff who due to the nature of their work cannot work at the moment and through the Job Retention scheme are ‘Furloughed’. We understand that these people can help the emergency response either by volunteering or alternative paid work for another employer. The ‘Furlough’ provision applies to each individual employment relationship; each job is separate. Employees can be furloughed in one job and receive a furloughed payment but continue working for another employer and receive their normal wages. Of course we encourage staff to discuss the idea of working elsewhere with their current employer to ensure that there is nothing in their existing contract that would prohibit them taking up this new and additional casual working opportunity. There is genuinely an opportunity to earn new income without it affecting existing, furloughed employment for mutual benefit. Great news. The Government Job Retention scheme (Furlough) is detailed here.

If your business wanted to encourage staff to get involved please contact us; we would like the opportunity to discuss the possibilities with you, see how we can make this as easy as possible for you and your staff and celebrate the amazing support you are offering our emergency efforts.

The ways in which people can help by working for us may include;

  • Cooking meals and preparing snacks and drinks
  • General housekeeping
  • Driving to collect supplies, shopping and delivering vital equipment
  • Helping people to get washed and dressed or get ready for bed
  • Conversation and companionship and social activities – in person or by telephone or online
  • Helping with physical activity
  • Helping people to use technology so they can keep connected and keep well
  • Accredited counselling and therapeutic skills
  • Organisation, co-ordination and administration – getting things done!

As well providing vital support to the people of North Yorkshire, this is an opportunity to share great moments with our local communities, in a supportive and fulfilling environment.

Encourage your staff, friends and families to make a difference to someone’s life and support your community in these most critical of times. 

Encourage them to apply now at https://www.northyorks.gov.uk/careandsupport

Follow, like and share our social channels:

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As well as working for us, we encourage people to volunteer in the following ways:

  1. Firstly; prioritise support to friends, family and neighbours’ ensuring that they are safe and have the vital support that they require.
  2. Support community and national volunteering groups or charities; there are literally thousands of volunteering groups, search online for groups local to you. You can also search by the type of volunteering you are interested in (i.e. counselling support). You might find North Yorkshire Connect, the community directory useful to find groups and activities at https://northyorkshireconnect.org.uk/ or volunteering in North Yorkshire volunteeringinnorthyorkshire.org.uk
  3. Support local community support organisations: There are 23 community support organisations across North Yorkshire contact customer contact centre to find out more https://www.northyorks.gov.uk/contact-us

We hope that you are inspired to support us – thank you in advance.

Yours sincerely

Sarah France-Gorton

Head of Resourcing Solutions

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