Donation will help keep vulnerable safe

Left to right: VODA's Ian Brigstock, volunteers Will Williamson and Lee Addison, and North Tyneside Council's Wayne Young.
Left to right: VODA's Ian Brigstock, volunteers Will Williamson and Lee Addison, and North Tyneside Council's Wayne Young.

A donation is aiming to help vulnerable people stay safe this winter.

North Tyneside Council has donated ten new snow shovels to the Good Neighbours Project, run by North Tyneside VODA to carry out every day tasks in the community.

Coun John Stirling, cabinet member for environment, said “Keeping our older and most vulnerable residents safe during periods of cold weather is a priority for us.

“We do what we can to keep the roads and pavements of the borough safe but by tapping in to the Good Neighbours project and the Winter Support Network, we can help to keep individuals safe.

“If anyone can spare the time to help clear any snow and ice we may get, we’d be delighted to hear from them.”

Ian Brigstock, Good Neighbours Project manager, said: “This is a really kind and useful gesture from the council.

“We have a lot of valued volunteers who are willing and ready to help shovel snow or grit paths if the weather worsens and now they have the tools to do it.”

The Good Neighbours project has been running for over 18 months and in that time has helped a number of local people with everything from small house repairs to garden tidy ups.

It is also part of a wider Winter Support Network that works to help make the winter months safer for older and vulnerable residents of North Tyneside.

Volunteer Will Williamson, from North Shields, said: “I’ve been able to help out older people who live near me with things like furniture moves and gardening jobs.

“I had a good job recently tidying up the garden of a 94-year old deaf and blind woman who was very local to me – three of us volunteers went round and got the job done for her in no time.

“If any snow comes, we’ll be happy to help out with that where we can too.”

Good Neighbours is always looking for volunteers and for people who could use the help on offer. For more information contact Ian Brigstock at VODA on 0191 643 2633 or email ian.brigstock@voda.org.uk