Volunteers help vulnerable residents during cold snap
Published by Craig Downs for Derwentside Homes Ltd in Housing and also in Communities
Pictured from left to right: Resident Neville Brown pictured with Callum Bushby, Roos Williamson, Lewis Hodgson and Andrew Ferry
As many parts of North West Durham experienced the recent snow fall, a group of volunteers joined together to ensure elderly and vulnerable residents were kept safe.
The ‘Snow Angels’ initiative was set up by the Council for Volunteer Services to clear paths of snow and provide access to those who were unable to get out of their homes.
The volunteers were joined by social landlord, Derwentside Homes and the Young Fire Fighters last weekend after heavy snowfalls over County Durham left local residents from a sheltered court house-bound.
Derwentside Homes’ apprentice electrician, Lewis Hodgson has been a young fire fighter since the age of 13 and helped to clear snow around Derwentdale Court and the Church Estate in Blackhill, much to the delight of local residents.
Resident, Neville Brown from Hillfield who also helped with the clearing of snow, said: “This initiative is a marvelous idea and many hands make light work. Well done to all the volunteers who got involved”.
Lewis Hodgson from Derwentside Homes, said: “The snow was particularly bad in the Consett area and Snow Angels was established to clear paths and walkways so that local communities can still go about their everyday business.
“By being a volunteer, I feel like I am helping the elderly and vulnerable people feel safe but also mobile so that they can still get out of their homes.”
Angela Hodgson, Older Persons Services Manager at Derwentside Homes, said: “We have worked with the Young Fire Fighters on other projects to help our older people and once again, they came to the rescue at the weekend when the snow was particularly bad. On behalf of all the residents living in Derwentdale Court, I’d like to say a big thank you.”