Saint Catherine's announces redundancies as Covid pandemic hits the charity's income

Saint Catherine’s has announced 14 redundancies as it tries to protect its long-term future, due to the impact of the Covid pandemic.

Tuesday, 27th October 2020, 5:19 pm
Updated Tuesday, 27th October 2020, 5:24 pm

The Scarborough-based charity, which covers a huge area along the coast and inland, says the pandemic has seen a "significant reduction in income generation", leading to a funding deficit in 2020-21 with longer term consequences.

A consultation process with staff began in July, when it was clear that Saint Catherine’s would need to consider redundancies as part of the process.

A number of staff put themselves forward for either voluntary redundancy or reduction of hours. The Board of Trustees and executive team accepted seven offers of voluntary redundancy from staff and there have been seven compulsory redundancies.

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Chief Executive Mike Wilkerson said: “It was our intention right from the start of the process to avoid compulsory redundancies if at all possible.

"We have worked hard, through consultation with staff and exploring all alternative options, to ensure that the number of roles impacted has been kept to a minimum.

“It has been a very difficult time for everyone at Saint Catherine’s, but on behalf of the executive team and the Board of Trustees, I would like to thank all staff for their cooperation, input and dedication during this process.

“Our staff are our greatest asset and they have continued to provide outstanding care and keep the organisation running smoothly, not only throughout this consultation but in the context of a global pandemic. Every single person that we have had to say goodbye to will be missed.”

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Saint Catherine’s has now implemented its ‘resilient recovery plan’, which helps ensure that it is financially secure for years to come based on current lower levels of voluntary income.

As part of the plan, measures are in place to ensure the financial security of the organisation in the face of wider uncertainly, such as future Covid spikes or lockdowns.

Mr Wilkerson added: “As well as thanking our staff, I would also like to thank our supporters in the local community. They have been marvellous in helping us through this difficult period, by taking part in virtual fundraising, making donations and responding to our appeals.

“We simply could not do what we do without their help. I would ask that people continue to support Saint Catherine’s now and into the future, so we can offer our care, free of charge, to patients and their loved ones for years to come. It’s vital that we grow our regular support to ensure Saint Catherine’s care for future generations.”

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