Volunteer 'Snow Angels' required
Published by Kelly Elliott for Cestria Community Housing in Housing and also in Communities
Pictured from l-r Richard Young (Cestria community caretaker apprentice), Michael Hall (Cestria community caretaker supervisor), Lisa Coverdale (Cestria customer relationship manager), Les Lewis (Batley’s deputy general manager), Christine Taylor and Ad
With many parts of the country having already experienced the first snowfall of the year, volunteers are being sought for a North East community project designed to support vulnerable people this winter.
The Snow Angels scheme is a joint initiative, launched last year by Durham Constabulary and County Durham housing association Cestria Community Housing.
The aim is to ensure elderly and vulnerable people are kept safe during heavy snowfall, with staff from both organisations joined by volunteers to clear paths of snow and deliver essential provisions.
Cestria are supplying extra salt bins across Chester-le-Street and surrounding villages in preparation for this year’s project, as well as marking all bins with Snow Angel stickers, aimed at attracting even more volunteers.
The association’s customer relationship manager Lisa Coverdale said: “Many of our tenants are elderly and vulnerable and our aim is to ensure they stay safe should we experience heavy snowfall, like we saw two years ago.
“We also know that our tenants, along with members of the local community, are very community spirited and are always willing to help their neighbours where they can.”
Becoming a Snow Angel is easy – all volunteers need is warm clothing and a shovel. In the event of heavy snowfall, volunteers will be contacted and asked to help clear paths in their area.
They may also be asked to deliver groceries to vulnerable households, with Batley’s cash and carry pledging its support for the project by offering to provide provisions for distribution in the Chester-le-Street and Pelton areas in an emergency.
Durham Constabulary’s Inspector Amanda Catherine, of the Chester-le-Street Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “We will do our best to help as many people as possible based on individual needs, the amount of requests and number of available volunteers.
“By becoming a Snow Angel volunteer you will know you are making a real difference to someone’s life at a difficult time.”
Anyone wishing to volunteer as a Snow Angel should contact the Chester-le-Street Neighbourhood Policing Team on 101 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com