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Our volunteers are ready
Could you help us during an emergency? We're looking for volunteers who can provide practical support to people whose lives have been affected so suddenly and help the emergency response during an incident. All ages 18 plus are welcome, no skills needed, just a desire to help others.
Following the devastation caused by the Boxing Day floods in 2015, Ready for Anything was set up by York CVS and City of York Council. During the floods resources were stretched, however, the practical support offered by members of the public and businesses was invaluable.
Following the success of the initial scheme, funding has been given by North Yorkshire County Council via NESTA and Ready For Anything has been adopted by the North Yorkshire Local Resilience Forum. It is now being rolled out across the whole of North Yorkshire and we are creating a database of enthusiastic volunteers whom we can call upon to help, from Ingleton to Filey, and from Stokesley to Selby.
There is no obligation to offer a regular commitment, but we will notify you when there's an incident and if you're able to help you can confirm to us by text message (so a mobile phone is essential). We'll also provide you with appropriate training, awareness sessions and keep in regular contact. Read our FAQs.
Could you be ready for anything? Register your interest here.
If you're registering on behalf of your business, please mention this in question 4.
Sarah Armstrong CVS Chief Executive, says:
“After the floods there was a huge response from individuals and organisations giving support through physical labour, donations and even offering their homes to people over Christmas.
The York Flood Inquiry report recognised the fantastic response by volunteers, but they recommended a more coordinated future response. Ready for Anything can do that.
We need all sorts of volunteers – people and businesses. Please help us if you can. We don’t know when we’ll need you, we just know we will sometime!”