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Recruitment drive launched to help disabled people across Sussex and UK

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One of the UK’s largest charity providers of services for disabled people has launched a recruitment drive to ensure it has enough staff during the coming months of the Coronavirus crisis.

Leonard Cheshire operates residential care services across London and the Home Counties, including Heatherley in Copthorne, West Sussex.

Across the UK around 2,700 disabled adults with different levels of need have a home through Leonard Cheshire.

Frontline social care staff in these services have been designated as key workers by the Government as the fight against the spread of COVID-19 continues and the country adjusts to lockdown.

Social care providers are helping to ease pressure on the NHS, with Leonard Cheshire supporting and caring for people who could be more vulnerable to the virus.

The charity is now reaching out to workers affected by Coronavirus measures in sectors such as the hospitality, travel and other industries.

With UK cases of Coronavirus predicted to rise rapidly and peak in the coming weeks, Leonard Cheshire wants to fill current permanent and temporary vacancies and increase the bank of staff it can draw on for the next few months and beyond.

While it requires some nursing staff, most of the vacancies for roles such as support workers require no previous experience of the care sector. Being kind, willing to learn and help is the most important thing. Full training and support will be provided.

David Jessop, Executive Director People at Leonard Cheshire, said:

“We are looking for people who want to make a difference during these uncertain times. We have some great permanent and temporary roles right now. If you are caring, compassionate and interested in supporting disabled people – we want to hear from you.

“Our staff and volunteers at our services have been incredible. But like every social care provider we are experiencing staffing pressures in some locations. While we are currently coping, we have to ensure we have a pool of motivated people we can draw on if this situation changes and gaps are filled.”

To find out more about the roles go to leonardcheshire.org/urgentvacancies

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Three Bridges, Crawley Tesco store gives a helping hand to veterans in need

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Lee Matthews, former Queens Royal Irish Hussar.

British armed forces veterans who face hardship and distress have benefited from a military annual fundraiser, with a little help from a Tesco Crawley store.

Former members of the Queen’s Royal Irish Hussars met up at the 4th Worth Scouts Hut in Crawley to reminisce about past events and enjoy their yearly BBQ.

They also had a range of fundraising events on the day, raising £537, with all proceeds going to The Veterans’ Charity.

Throughout the pandemic, the charity has continued to deliver vital support to veterans and their families, including food shopping, essential household products and toiletries, utilities credit, clothing, and smartphones to enable continued communication and to prevent isolation.

Many of the items donated to the veterans’ fundraiser came from the Three Bridges Tesco Extra store, whose staff are keen supporters of the Queen’s Royal Irish Hussars’ annual event.

Martin Weathers, a Tesco staff member and fundraiser for The Veterans’ Charity.

Martin Weathers, a Tesco staff member and fundraiser for The Veterans’ Charity, was among those at the event, having served with The Queen’s Royal Irish Hussars.

He said:

“I’m very grateful to Tesco for their generosity. Our annual BBQ was extremely enjoyable and entertaining, and it continues the brotherhood that most people miss after leaving the Forces.

“Leaving service life can be a dreadful time, especially for those who have been in for a long time, and some may have associated physical or psychological problems such as combat post-traumatic stress disorder.

“This is why get-togethers like this are so important, and Tesco’s contribution to helping us raise funds for service-people in need is incredibly important.

“It helps to provide much-needed funds for The Veterans’ Charity, enabling it to supply things such as basic food shopping for our most vulnerable veterans who have fallen on hard times.

“This year has been the busiest ever for The Veterans’ Charity, with more than 540 welfare requests. These are often referrals from other charities, but some have been directly from struggling veterans themselves, and all of them were satisfactorily resolved within 24 hours of the charity being contacted.”

Tesco has a long association with the Armed Forces, dating back to Tesco founder Jack Cohen and is a signatory to the Ministry of Defence’s Armed Forces Covenant. About 300 Tesco employees are members of the supermarket chain’s Armed Forces Network, and the supermarket is one of the largest employers of reservists and former service personnel.

Matt Ayling, manager at the Three Bridges Tesco Extra store, said:

“We’re really pleased to be able to help the Queen’s Royal Irish Hussars. Its members are amazing people and we all have a lot to thank them for, so our store is always keen to assist them if we can.”

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