Pendle Council is appealing for volunteers to become Snow Angels, a group of people who will help to grit footpaths in residential areas when ice and snow hit.
In the first scheme of its kind for Pendle, the council is looking at a pilot area in Colne around the bungalows on the North Valley Estate, Peter Birtwistle Fold and Bunkers Hill.
Leader of Pendle Council Coun. Joe Cooney, who is keen to pilot the scheme in Colne, said: “Schemes such as this have worked very well in other parts of the country and I’m keen to trial one in Colne.
“In the area we’re looking at for the pilot, there are lots of ungritted streets around sheltered accommodation where there are older residents.
“Our priority is making sure that people can still go out on foot on wintry days to get essential supplies or to see people socially.
“To make this work, we need a team of volunteers who are community spirited and like helping others.”
Snow Angels Volunteers will be given a kit comprising rock salt, a shovel, a high visibility vest, gloves and an information pack.
They will receive weather warnings from the council via text message, email or Facebook to let them know when to be ready to get out and grit.
The council is keen to recruit Snow Angels volunteers now before the winter weather begins.
Towards the end of October its Health and Safety Officer is running a one hour briefing session on how to clear snow and ice safely for anyone interested in getting involved.
Rebecca Ramsay, Localities Officer for Colne, said: “We need people who look out for others and don’t mind spending a little bit of time on snowy mornings clearing the footpaths closest to their homes.
“This is most likely to be people living in the pilot area, but could also be the families of local residents who want to be sure that their loved ones can get out safely.
“We’re still happy to hear from people who don’t live in our pilot area who are keen to get involved in a similar scheme in their own neighbourhood – if this scheme works, we might consider rolling it out to other areas in the future.
“And, of course, what you’ll get in return is the satisfaction of having done a good deed, volunteering experience for your CV – and a big thank you from your neighbours!”
The council is currently liaising with Lancashire County Council to gauge its support for the scheme.
Funding for the Snow Angels project is still being identified, but it has the full support of the council’s Colne and District Committee.
Anyone who wants to get involved or find out more about becoming a Snow Angel can call Rebecca Ramsay for a chat on 661565. Alternatively email email@example.com.