Carers' Resource New Business Initiative Helps Ripon Carers

Sheena Van Parys of Home Instead (left) at the inaugural event
Sheena Van Parys of Home Instead (left) at the inaugural event

Ripon's community spirit has come to the fore in a charity's new initiative urging local businesses to rally round and support the district's growing number of North Yorkshire's unpaid carers in whatever ways they can.

The Carers' Resource, which is based in Community House, Ripon has launched a novel scheme called "Keeping Us Company" with the aim of forging new partnerships with the town's employers.

As well as recognising the long-standing support for its work by some of the leading names in Ripon's commercial world, the initiative also encourages other businesses to follow in their footsteps and make a real difference to the estimated 1-in-7 people in the community who have a role as a carer.

From offering free meeting rooms to being voted for as staff charity of the year, there is no shortage of ways in which businesses can back the good cause.

Among those who joined the award-winning charity - which is celebrating its 10th year in Ripon at its launch event were Absolute Bliss, Home Instead and Lister House, with messages of support from the likes of Ripon Racecourse, Ripon Spa Hotel and the Eclipse Club.

The charity's Events and Fundraising Coordinator, Anne Wells, said it was an opportunity to thank those businesses who had contributed to its success over many years - as well as reach out to new corporate supporters.

"Keeping Us Company is not solely about raising money - many of the inaugural members have made a difference to our work in a variety of ways," she said.

‘This had included everything from offering raffle prizes to hosting fund-raising events to making a donation of their particular expertise.’

‘There is no shortage of home-grown talent and ideas within the Ripon business world and we hope that this initiative will provide a platform for putting this to good use.’

‘We want to tap into local business skills and innovations to help our growing number of unpaid carers cope with the relentless day-to-day pressures that they face looking after a loved one.’

As well as helping this group of people in our community, supporters who sign up to "Keeping Us Company" will also receive a special certificate marking the pledge it has made to support the charity; be invited to take part in a company spotlight on its website; be encouraged to demonstrate its support for carers by displaying the campaign logo on company literature; and benefit from forging links to and from its website.

Sheena Van Parys, from Home Instead, echoed the view of other supporters when she said: "Like the Carers' Resource, all of us who are at the heart of the Ripon community are pleased to work alongside its team to improve the quality of life for both those who are cared for, and those who take on the role of carer. We all know someone who is a carer - it may be a family member, a friend, a neighbour or a work colleague - and we feel that it is important that we support them in whatever way we can."