To raise awareness of the plight of Humberside’s homeless, and also to raise funds to provide help, Humber Resource Training’s Zak Wraith and Ian Pykett joined 95 others on Friday 2nd February for the annual Sleep Easy, braving freezing temperatures at Freshney Place car park until 6am the following morning.
How would you choose to spend the night on what is statistically the coldest week of the year? Curled up under a cosy duvet, no doubt, with the central heating on full pelt.
But for far too many people, the best they can hope for is a cardboard box in a shop doorway.
The boys were motivated to take part after reading a harrowing report which claimed that sleeping rough in our region increased by 200% in 2017.
“We could have raised money some other way, like running a marathon,” says Zak, “but by doing it this way we actually get to experience a bit of what it must be like for the homeless.”
Zak and Ian were given a list of essential kit to take with them including a sleeping bag, cardboard and a plastic sheet “plus some sticky tape so we could cobble together something that vaguely resembled a bed,” says Ian.
So how was their night’s sleep?
“Not brilliant,” says Zak, “But, unlike the homeless, we all had cosy homes to go back to – a fact that we found somewhat humbling.”
Between them the boys raised in excess of £500. “Everyone at Humber Resource Training dug deep into their pockets along with many of our clients, so a huge thank you to all”, says Ian.
Since it began in 2011, the annual Sleep Easy, which is organised by YMCA Humber in partnership with local homeless charity Harbour Place and the Salvation Army, has raised more than £125,000 for Humberside homeless.
Chief Executive of the YMCA Humber, Helen Pine, says: “Sleep Easy is a national event and ours always takes place in February on what is statistically the coldest week of the year – we’re the only YMCA who’s crazy enough to do that, everyone else does it in March!”
“It’s been quite a big change in my career,” says Laura, “Coming primarily from a criminal psychology and entertainment background (slight mix I know!) I was certainly geared up for any challenges, the first of which was figuring out where the kettle was!”
Laura is loving her new job. “The place is buzzing and everyone is brilliant,” she says. “I’ve also met some fantastic clients and candidates, and I feel touched by some of their stories, especially those who’ve been out of work for some time, its great to be able to help”
Laura says that although it’s her priority to place candidates in suitable positions, she also makes a point in getting to know them personally. “I want to make them feel comfortable from the moment they contact us,” she says.
For Laura, a typical working day at Humber Recruitment consists of firstly a strong brew to prepare her for the busy day ahead. She then spends time resourcing for various positions, dealing with clients, and telephoning applicants. “I’m a bit of a chatterbox,” she says, “But hopefully this puts applicants at ease.”
We asked her what she loves most about her new job. “Working with such an amazing team, of course!” she replies. “With such a mix of friendly and fun characters, we are all hard working but love to have a giggle too, what other recruitment agency would anybody want to use? I feel so lucky to come to work every day, although its manic I love it and I get to work with my very own brand new ‘family’. Just making a difference to people’s lives is making me very happy.”
Just before Christmas, Humber Resource Training ran a free one-day training seminar for local businesses and individuals. The aim was to show people who have never used our training services before how our training courses work and what a ‘typical’ course might look like – in this case a course on Manual Handling Safety and Fire Safety Awareness, both issues that affect virtually every type of business.
Over mince pies, cakes and hot drinks, guests were taken through ways to reduce accidents in the workplace, especially musculoskeletal disorders caused by manual handling and which are responsible for more than half-a-million people being off work at any one time. We also discussed fire safety training and the importance of making staff aware of the risks as well as ways to prevent fire and how to act should a fire break out.
A broad spectrum of local businesses sent along representatives including Moortown Construction, Singleton Birch, CSA Interiors, Cyden Homes and Jackson Green & Preston auction rooms. Allied Protek employee, Dean Turrell, who had recently completed his Safety Passport with Humber Recruitment, also attended as did several delegates from the local Women’s Aid charity.
Women’s Aid Manager Sally McCormack said: “We found the accident training especially useful, for example the correct way to handle the clothes bags that get dropped off at our shops. The fire safety training was also invaluable – we currently have 26 children in our women’s refuge and fire safety is of paramount importance.”
Sally added: “We are extremely grateful to Humber Resource Training for inviting us to attend this training and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend their training courses to other businesses and charities.”
After continued exciting developments, we are delighted to announce that Humber Recruitment have moved to our Accredited Training Centre in Armstrong Street, Grimsby.
Our purpose built training centre offers a range of accredited training programmes including Health and Safety, Safety Passport, and First Aid courses, to name a few. As always we are committed to supporting individual needs as well as developing talent within organisations by providing a high quality, relevant and effective service.
Emma Wilson, Business Support Manager, said: “We are very pleased to be settling in to our new offices. It’s wonderful to be working together with our training team it enables us to offer a full recruitment and training solution all under one roof, it’s perfect!”
Our new location address is:
Allied Protek Building, Armstrong Street, Grimsby, DN31 1XD.
We are very excited to announce that we are moving to a new office location at our Accredited Training Centre.
The business will continue to offer the same friendly service at our new address, so as of 5th January 2018 we will be based in our new location, at:
Allied Protek Building, Armstrong Street, Grimsby, DN31 1XD
Nothing else is changing, same email addresses, and our phone number will be the same: 01472 729 768.
This is a very exciting step for Humber Recruitment, we can’t wait to get settled in and continue delivering our great service.
Our recruitment consultant Jo Dannatt is always friendly, approachable, helpful and understanding. She continuously demonstrates professionalism and passion in her work and the amount of reviews thanking her reflect this. Candidates and clients appreciate her quick response, efficiency and prompt follow-up to requests.
As a recruiter she maintains a highly professional demeanour and is always there to help and guide clients and candidates throughout the recruitment process.
Yet another bunch of flowers and gifts arrived today for Jo, it’s wonderful that her hard work is appreciated and that Humber Recruitment have more delighted happy customers!
Humber Recruitment first met up with recruitment consultant, Ellie Paige Goldby, a couple of years back but for one reason or another they weren’t able to tempt her on board back then. But they are not the kind of people to give up easily. Ellie had exactly the right mix of personality and career background (recruitment and sales), so when she said “Yes!” to this offer, everyone was delighted.
Ellie has a strong background in recruitment and sales, and before that she studied for an apprenticeship which opened the door to her dream career. Ellie said
“Everyone at Humber Recruitment is so friendly and there’s a brilliant atmosphere here. I’ve only been in the role for a few weeks and I’m loving it already. It’s a fantastic opportunity to further develop my knowledge of the recruitment industry and help drive the business forward.”
Outside work, Ellie enjoys going to the gym and walking the dog. She also loves nothing better than a succulent burger “with bacon and cheese with onion rings – the works!”
Emma Wilson, Business Support Manager of Humber Recruitment said
“Ellie will have a great future here. Her track record in the recruitment industry will be invaluable to us as we move forward. She’s settled in really easily and is already an enthusiastic member of our team.”
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No, your eyes aren’t deceiving you, we really gave out free ice cream on 26th July!
We drove up and down the area spreading happiness by dishing out the frozen freebies!
As well as giving out free servings of deliciously creamy ice cream, we offered expert advice on recruitment opportunities.
Here’s some photos from the day…