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Yorkshire Housing volunteer coordinator Helen Bannister spoke to local TV cable channel That’s TV York to update them on how well the volunteering programme is going and to help recruit more volunteers. The appeal started earlier this year, urging people to get involved and help Yorkshire Housing’s customers with simple, everyday tasks.

One of the first volunteers is Marnie Esposito from York, also appeared on the programme. Marnie 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.

Marnie Esposito, Yorkshire Housing volunteer, said: “I have recently joined as a volunteer for Help at Hand as I really wanted to give something back and help other people in York.


“I’ve personally been helped by some amazing support services in Yorkshire and know how important they can be.


“I’d really encourage other people to think about being a Yorkshire Housing volunteer as it’s 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 Marnie as a new Yorkshire Housing volunteer, with many more to follow.


“If you can spare a few hours every week to help our customers with a few simple tasks within the existing Help at Hand Service, we can give you support and training help you to give something back to the community.


“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 in York, even 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