17 February 2012
Snow Angels is a pilot scheme being operated in Northwich and its surrounding villages.
The scheme is being operated through the cooperation of a number of partner organisations including Age UK Cheshire, Cheshire Fire and Rescue, Cheshire Police, Weaver Vale Housing Trust, Cheshire Community Development Trust and through time given by volunteers.
It aims to provide assistance to elderly and vulnerable people during the periods of extreme cold weather by providing practical help and advice with day to day tasks, such as shopping, path clearing, help with heating problems and delivery of meals.
As part of the scheme, customers will receive a weekly telephone call or in the case of extreme* weather customers will recieve daily calls. Any requests for assistance will then be allocated to a Snow Angel volunteer, depending on their availability and geographical proximity.
*The "trigger" for extreme cold weather will be the early warning system provided by the Met Office and used by Age UK - the system provides an early warning of four days e.g snow and / or below zero temperatures.
There are currently 80 older people registered under the pilot scheme.
Take a look at the recent report on Granada Reports