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Visitor Spotlight: Henry’s Story

Henry has been one of our volunteers for over ten years and currently supports eight individuals

Robert's story

Henry became familiar with Turn2us during his career as a social worker in management and practice when he made referrals to the charity on behalf of his clients.

Henry has worked as a volunteer over the years with a broad spectrum of families and individuals including people with disabilities, HIV and mental health issues. He also volunteers with the Help the Musicians charity.

He finds volunteering to be the most rewarding way to spend his time since retiring. It also enables him to get out and meet many different people in a variety of situations. Henry particularly enjoys training days where volunteers can meet each other and share experiences.

Henry's advice

Henry’s advice to anyone considering becoming a Turn2us Visitor is: "Take the plunge and do it. I am sure you will not regret it."

Henry is quick to stress that training is provided for anyone who feels they may need to develop the skills required for the role and that the work can arranged around your lifestyle. He has always had a welcoming response on visits and, having got to know the people he visits over a number of years, he can see that he is helping to significantly improve their lives. Equally, he feels that volunteering improves the quality of his own life and keeps him in touch with the community. 

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Coronavirus Information

My child's school is closing due to the coronavirus outbreak. What can I do?

The government has announced that schools will be closing for the majority of students from 20 March 2020.

Children in the following groups will still be able to go to school if their parents choose to send them:

  • The children of key workers
  • Children receiving support from social services
  • Children with disabilities
  • Children with Education Health and Care Plans (EHCPs​)
  • Young carers

If you need to take time off work to care for your children, you should check your employment rights on the ACAS website.

What if I am well but my employer tells me not to work because of the coronavirus outbreak?

This will depend on your contract and is an employment law issue. You may be able to get advice from ACAS on this. You will not be entitled to Statutory Sick Pay (SSP).

What if I have been in contact with someone with coronavirus and don’t want to go to work and risk infecting my colleagues and customers?

You will only be able to get special help under the coronavirus rules if you are self-isolating in accordance with NHS advice. You can find the current NHS coronavirus advice on the NHS website

What if I am not getting any customers in my self-employed business because of the coronavirus?

You may be able to claim Universal Credit, but you will not be entitled to any special support because of the coronavirus outbreak. You may have the minimum income floor applied to your claim, or you may be required to look for full time-employment.

I’m on a zero-hours contract, will I get paid if I’m told to self isolate?

If you are self-isolating in accordance with NHS guidance and you usually earn at least £120 per week, you should get Statutory Sick Pay even if you are on a zero hours contract.

What if I am homeless with no income so can’t self-isolate and need funds for accommodation?

The government has not published any guidance for what you should do if you are homeless and develop coronavirus symptoms. It would be best to contact your local authority for advice. You should do so by telephone if at all possible.