NI homeless charities offering paid roles for 'ordinary heroes'

  • Homeless charities and the Northern Ireland Housing Executive are “urgently appealing” for members of the public to register as paid COVID-19 emergency staff.

    They are reaching out particularly to those who may have already lost their jobs due to the pandemic.

    Under the umbrella of the Crisis Cover initiative, the charities are asking people with relevant qualifications and experience to be called on where staff levels are low.

    A range of skills and roles are required, including reception and cleaning staff, as well as specialist supports such as support workers, healthcare workers and night staff.

    All positions are paid roles.

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    Homeless organisations involved include Depaul, Extern, First Housing Aid and Support Services (FHASS) and the Simon Community.

    David Carroll of Depaul said: “We are worried that we will be left in a position where we must close services due to too many staff having to take time off. We need people to step up and become ordinary heroes.

    “We know it’s asking a lot, but it’s no more than we are asking of doctors, nurses and others who have to go to work every day at this difficult time.”

    Danny McQuillan of Extern added: “We know this is a stressful time for everyone. Work forms a huge part of our everyday routine and to have that taken away suddenly not only affects people’s pockets but also their stress levels.

    “We are now in the position where we can offer people much needed employment and also the opportunity to support some of the most vulnerable people in our community, and I would appeal for people to please apply to Crisis Cover if you can.”

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    Clarke Bailie from the Housing Executive commented that “in relation to staff risk of catching Covid-19, these organisations are all taking advice on safety from the Public Health Agency and will be continually adapting this as new advice is available, however these roles are not recommended for people with underlying health conditions, or who are living with people who do’.

    Find out how to register for one of the roles or find out more info here.

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