Heavy snowfall sees rise in local volunteers

Heavy snowfall sees rise in local volunteers

An extra 50 volunteers joined City of Wolverhampton Council’s volunteering scheme ‘Snow Wolves’ assisting council officers in clearing snow and ice from pavements during the severe winter weather last month.

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An extra 50 volunteers joined City of Wolverhampton Council’s volunteering scheme ‘Snow Wolves’ assisting council officers in clearing snow and ice from pavements during the severe winter weather last month.

Snow Wolves has around 220 dedicated volunteers who lend their community a helping hand during the winter period.

Now in its third year, the council is looking to drum-up more volunteers to join the pack, with the aim to hit the 1,000-mark by the end of the year.

Volunteers will receive a free snow shovel, two 3kg shaker tubs of rock salt and a high visibility vest to undertake the works.

In return, they are asked to make a commitment to use the equipment for the benefit of their community in the event of heavy snow and ice, complementing the council’s winter service.

Councillor Steve Evans, Cabinet Member for City Environment, said: “By joining our team of Snow Wolves you will be a true hero for your community when the weather takes a turn for the worst.

“In the event of heavy snow and ice, the council’s priority is to grit and clear the highway network to keep the roads safe and moving – ensuring the city doesn’t grind to a halt.

“This vital work means that we can’t always get out to treat all pavements and driveways as quickly as we would like to – that’s where Snow Wolves come in.

“Our team of volunteers braved the snow and ice to clear pavements and doorsteps of elderly, disabled and vulnerable residents last month. They did an amazing job – we just need more people who know their local areas to pitch in and help their neighbours in need.

“If this sounds like you, I strongly encourage you to sign up and join our fantastic team.”

Many Snow Wolves have been praised by their neighbours for their hard work in assuring their streets, pathways and driveways are accessible and safe to use.

Volunteer Ahsan Saeed joined Snow Wolves last winter, he said: “It was great to be able to help my local community. The scheme allowed us to have the amenities to help local elderly people by defrosting and clearing walkways and pathways.

“The road was also rather hazardous with cars skidding a great deal, the shovel helped by allowing us to make a clear way for vehicles to get out of the street safely. Overall, Snow Wolves is a great initiative and effective to help those who need it most.”

Councillor Evans added: “I would like to thank our existing Snow Wolves for all their hard work and dedication especially during the recent heavy snowfall. You have all made a significant difference to your community and for that, you should be proud.”

Snow Wolves packs will be distributed on a first come, first served basis. Applicants should be physically fit and aged over 18. Anyone interested in joining the Snow Wolves can find out more at www.wolverhampton.gov.uk/snowwolves.