Yorkshire Housing have now recruited their first volunteer after an appeal earlier this year for people across York to get involved and help their elderly customers with simple, everyday tasks.
First volunteer, Abi McMullan from York, will start her duties in the near future, helping with task such as shopping, making meals and helping people get to appointments. It is hoped that up to 20 volunteers will be recruited in the first 12 months.
Abi McMullan, first Yorkshire Housing volunteer, said “I have always really wanted to be a volunteer and this is a great chance to make a difference to the lives of older people in York.
“By giving just a few hours a week I will be able to help older people with everyday tasks which might include shopping, cooking and taking them to appointments, all good practical help.
“I’d really encourage other people to think about being a Yorkshire Housing volunteer as it a great way to help people in our community. Join us today!”
Helen Bannister, Yorkshire Housing volunteer coordinator said: “I’m absolutely delighted to welcome Abi as the first of many Yorkshire Housing volunteers.
“All our volunteers will be doing some of the simpler, everyday tasks for our older customers within the existing Help at Hand Service.
“But we want to recruit even more volunteers, so if you are interested in volunteering, join us today!”
As Yorkshire Housing volunteer coordinator Helen Bannister is driving recruitment for volunteers. The initiatives aim is to upskill volunteers to support people to build confidence with day to day tasks and to enable eligible customers to stay at home for longer, alongside establishing sustainable links with their own communities. For the volunteers and people using the service this is opportunity to contribute towards building stronger communities through enabling new friendships.
Yorkshire Housing run the Help at Hand service across the whole of the Yorkshire area, in order to help customers to prepare meals, access local shops or the community as well as support with everyday tasks in the home. The service helps them to live safe, healthy and independent lives in their own homes for as long as possible.
Recruitment is ongoing and open to anyone, possibly students or Yorkshire Housing customers with some free time to give.
If you are interested in finding out more about how to become a Yorkshire Housing volunteer, please contact Helen Bannister, on 07827 896 949 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.