Welcome launch of cold weather volunteering project

A NEW volunteering initiative aimed to help people in Angus cope with severe weather was launched last Monday at Parkview Primary Care Centre, Carnoustie.

The project will operate throughout Angus. However, particular to Carnoustie is the role of the Carnoustie Community Council in working with the Volunteer Centre to mobilise local support.

Following last year’s horrendous weather it was apparent that Angus Council was only able to deal effectively with priority roads and pavements.

The new initiative is to enable a host of volunteers from the town to come forward to clear an area of pavement local to them.

Bill Bowles of Carnoustie Community Council explained: “If we have a snowfall like we had last year, it is far easier to clear the snow soon after rather than leave it to the council who have to concentrate on their priority routes.

“By the time they got round to the minor streets the snow was compacted and frozen and took an age to thaw.

“What we want to do is ask for volunteers who would be able to clear an area of their own street. Even if it is one side of the pavement then it would make life easier for our townsfolk.

“We will provide snow shovels and other equipment for the Carnoustie heroes to use in the snow clearing.”

This initiative will be important to all people but especially the most vulnerable and isolated groups who find it harder to cope with slippery or snowy conditions.

Carol Torrance, time banks worker for Angus, said: “It is brilliant to do this work in partnership with the Carnoustie Community Council and although we as a Volunteer Centre will be carrying out work in other areas, it is their leadership and mobilisation of local residents that has made this possible.

“We are delighted to support them in this work and this is an excellent model of where community, third sector and statutory services work together for the benefit of all. It is also good to see the involvement of the local medical practice and the Carnoustie Community Helpline in this project.”

Volunteers are vital to the success of this project. Anyone who is interested in getting involved is invited to contact Bill Bowles on 07932 749463 or e-mail wfbowles@blueyonder.co.uk or Ed Oswald on 01241 859876 or e-mail eandhoswald@tiscali.co.uk.

If you live outwith Carnoustie and would like to get involved in your own town, please contact Carol Torrance at Volunteer Centre Angus on 01241 875525 or e-mail carol@volunteerangus.org.uk.