Snow Angels Wanted
Published by Joanne McNally for Riverside in Housing and also in Communities, Health
Georgina Cooper, "Snow Angel" pictured with Riverside Staff
Colshaw Farm landlord Riverside has provided funding of £5,000 to Snow Angels, a social enterprise which develops local community resilience projects to support the wider community and vulnerable.
The scheme recruits local volunteers with a view to supporting older people and people with respiratory or cardio vascular conditions throughout the winter months. An integral part of this project is to support people to keep their homes warm through a number of measures.
The Colshaw Farm estate provides a particular challenge through the physical design of the estate and through consultation with the local residents “Tuesday Club”, many older people reported difficulties getting around the local area due to ice and snow on the footpaths.
At the recent Pensioner’s Party arranged by Riverside at the Oakenclough Children’s Centre in Colshaw Farm, Cathy Boyd from Snow Angels was looking to recruit volunteers and also anyone would could benefit from registering for the service.
The volunteers will receive the necessary training and equipment to ensure that a range of services can be provided which could include clearing paths of snow, collecting prescriptions, providing energy advice, delivering shopping, or being part of the be-friending scheme.
People over the age of 65 can benefit from the project and as Riverside have over fifty tenants living on the estate of this age, these tenants will be contacted by letter in the coming months to register them onto the scheme. The main activities will take place in the tenants homes and training and steering group meetings will take place either at the Open Arms Centre or Riverside’s neighbourhood office.
Georgina Cooper was the first tenant to sign up to become a volunteer. Georgina said “ Although I have restrictions due to mobility issues and would not be able to do some aspects, I am a good talker and would be interested in the befriending scheme”
Georgina added “Usually if I can’t do something myself, I will find someone who can. Everyone on the estate helps each other”.
Sharon Thomas, community project supervisor from Riverside said “This is a great example of everyone working together to help others especially vulnerable tenants during the cold winter months, when they may need a helping hand.”
If you would to become a volunteer or know anyone who would benefit from the project, please contact Sharon Thomas on 0345 111 0000 or call into the Riverside Neighbourhood office.