Furloughed staff volunteer in the community

15th April 2020

Furloughed staff volunteer in the community

"We have furloughed 97 per cent of our staff and their commitment to their communities is fantastic. Some staff are NHS volunteers and other people are driving and helping. People are shopping for neighbours across all our communities. They are stepping up and playing their part and we’re encouraging them to do so. We’re very proud of them." - CEO Mike Gallacher speaking to the Yorkshire Post.

As a company we’ve explored many ways in which we can further help out local communities during these unprecedented times. Whether that’s exploring the manufacturing options at our South Yorkshire based factory, or providing food delivery or pick up services via one of our 300 vans across England and Wales.

There are some great examples of our amazing staff helping out wherever they can.

Brett Feltham, a Safestyle surveyor, is assisting the elderly and vulnerable in the Hayes area for Health Hayes Volunteers Group.

Mr Feltham said: "I’ve been doing a lot of voluntary work for old people collecting prescriptions and food shopping around my area and for my relatives."

Sales leader Azmat Ali is volunteering his services to neighbours who are on the highly vulnerable risk list.

"Our neighbours call me and post their requirements through the letter box. I have benefited from the huge personal satisfaction in helping out my neighbours or those in need who need a little more support. My work includes daily shopping and starting elderly neighbours vehicles to prevent car batteries from going dead. We have set up a neighbourhood WhatsApp group with 30 households to offer services or help each other out if needed."

Administration manager Helen Myers, an accomplished baker, is making cakes for vulnerable people in her community. Helen is famous in Safestyle for creating amazing celebration cakes in the Bradford office.

Ms Myers said: "We, as a family, decided to spend some of our time during the crisis doing some creative baking, which is a passion of mine.

"In my neighbourhood there are some very vulnerable people who cannot get out and do their daily chores so we decided to surprise many of them with home baked cakes and buns to keep their spirits up, something which we now do three times every week.

"The smiles and appreciation we receive is very rewarding for myself and my boys. As a community we will get through this by showing we all care."

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