'Snow angels' to help the needy and vulnerable

Published date: 05 December 2013 |
Published by: Staff reporter
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A COUNCIL is seeking divine inspiration to fend off snow-related accidents this winter – by calling on members of the public to become ‘snow angels’.

Members of Wrexham Council’s executive board are to consider plans to ask the so-called ‘angels’ to come to the rescue of the most vulnerable during snowy conditions this winter.

Council chiefs said the community spirit seen during March’s heavy snow – where scores of people were trapped in their homes and emergency vehicles struggled to access certain properties – can be channelled into the new volunteer roles.

Forecasters are predicting winter to bite at the end of the week, with temperatures set to plummet further and some snow expected.

And on Tuesday the council’s executive board will discuss plans to build a wider volunteer network across the county, which would see certain residents and homes earmarked for additional help during periods of severe weather.

Cllr David Griffiths, who will put the idea to councillors on the future vision for wider community involvement, has also called for communities in the region to introduce a ‘time bank’ system, where neighbours do favours for one another for an equal amount of time.

Cllr Griffiths, who represents the Gwersyllt East and South ward, said: “Last March this area suffered a severe snowfall, but out of something bad, something good has come – community spirit.

“When the snow fell, neighbours were helping clear driveways and help people get out of their homes. We even had people walking to supermarkets for provisions for those most vulnerable.

“What we want to establish in Wrexham is a number of ‘snow angels’ - who are the people in your community, street, or estate who will keep an eye out for elderley and vulnerable people if the bad weather returns.

“The snow created a common interest for everyone and I think there is real community spirit around Wrexham now.”

Cllr Griffiths added that the ‘time banking’ mechanism could be piloted in two communities in the near future.

“If someone does somebody else a favour, then that time can be banked and the favour be returned,” he said.

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