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Coronavirus: Community appeal in North Yorkshire

Coronavirus: Community appeal in North Yorkshire

Published by The Stray FM News Team at 6:45am 5th April 2020.

Plea for support from the community

  • Hundreds of extra care workers are needed in North Yorkshire.
  • It's as the county council appeals for people to apply for a range of jobs in the sector - including hands-on care - housekeeping - and admin work.
  • The roles could be in people's homes - or in care homes.

“Your Community Needs You!”

That’s the urgent call that is being made today for people who want to make all the difference to people’s lives to join North Yorkshire’s care and support workforce, at this critical period during the coronavirus pandemic.

North Yorkshire County Council is urging people to join its workforce to meet the unprecedented logistical and humanitarian challenge of caring for older people and others in need of help and support.

North Yorkshire’s Executive Member for Adult Services and Health Integration, County Councillor Michael Harrison, said:

“Your community needs you, urgently.

During the coronavirus pandemic it is more important than ever that we keep people safe and supported across our county’s communities. To do this, we need help at this critical time.

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."

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Cllr Harrison continues:

"We know that people want to help their communities and we have a huge army of volunteers stepping up with support of many kinds at this time. However, for those who can, we are   encouraging you to commit to work for us to make sure we can continue to support older people and other adults with disabilities, mental health issues and health conditions over the coming months.

If your current employment is taking a temporary downturn (for example, if you work in retail, hospitality or tourism or are self-employed), or you have finished further education earlier than anticipated; or you are looking for temporary employment to support you with immediate income; or you're just keen to do your bit to help the county, then please apply immediately.”

The council works with adults of all ages from 18 upwards who may be frail or have multiple health conditions; people with learning and physical disabilities; and people with mental health issues, including dementia. It also works to support family carers.

Cllr Harrison concluded:

“There are many ways in which people can work and there is no requirement for specific experience or expertise in social care to help. Full training and support will be provided. If you are caring and compassionate and willing to get stuck in, we will have a role for you. Contact us now, because your support is critical!" 

The type of ways in which people can help 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; and
  • Organisation, co-ordination and administration - getting things done!

Details here:

People can register their interest and apply straight away. If successful, the council hopes to start people in jobs within one week after quick clearance checks.  

Please go to https://www.northyorks.gov.uk/careandsupport

If people are interested in care and support as a new career, the county council can look to consider permanent work too.