Baz and Stephen join rallying call for more Snow Warden volunteers
Volunteer snow wardens are being recruited to help keep footpaths in their Telford and Wrekin communities clear of snow and ice this winter.
Each year, Telford & Wrekin Council rallies willing volunteers who care about their communities and helping others to become Snow Wardens.
This year, volunteers Baz and Stephen are joining the rallying call. They have been friends and neighbours since Stephen moved to the Ketley community last year. Baz was already a Snow Warden when Stephen signed up to volunteer his time to help.
Stephen said: “Baz has a heart of gold and just wants to help others in our community. When I retired, I had 40 odd hours to fill and it seemed a good thing to do. When it’s icy and snowy, the temptation is to stay in the warm. Volunteering gives me something to fill my time and helps people who aren’t able to help themselves. I’m happy to do it and help the community.”
Baz added: “I love it. We’ve got a fine team here. When we’re all together, we have a good laugh. It’s not such a job, it’s more a friendship thing and it’s nice to be able to help.”
Volunteers are kitted out and trained by the Council to clear footpaths and assist vulnerable community members. As well as individual volunteers, community groups, schools and businesses can also sign up to become Snow Wardens.
The service they provide is in addition to the work of the Council’s Balfour Beatty and idverde crews. Balfour Beatty crews grit over 400 kilometres of roads, including bus routes and access roads for emergency services, schools, industrial estates and villages, and idvede crews help by clearing footpaths and side roads.
Cllr Lee Carter, Telford & Wrekin Council cabinet member for neighbourhood services, said: “Keeping our roads and neighbourhoods safe in winter is a monumental task. Snow Wardens do a brilliant job in our local communities which is very much appreciated by our elderly and more vulnerable residents. Together, we do all we can to keep Telford moving safely.
“Last winter was the fifth mildest since 1884, and we are hoping for the same this year. But, this is England and weather is unpredictable. Knowing that our crews and Snow Wardens are ready to be mobilised is a huge reassurance to residents.”
Cllr Paul Watling, cabinet member for community engagement, added: “I take my hat off to Baz and Stephen for volunteering to help their community in this way. They clearly love what they’re doing too, which is so great to see. Thank you to them and to all our volunteers.”
If you would like to join Baz and Stephen and volunteer as a snow warden in your area, the Council would love to hear from you. More information about becoming a Snow Warden on the Council’s winter preparation website page here.
Watch this video to see how our winter preparations are going, and meet Baz and Stephen