How to keep warm this Winter – Department of Health UK

To keep warm and well during periods of cold weather:

  • Keep curtains drawn and doors closed to block out draughts.
  • Have regular hot drinks and at least one hot meal a day if possible. Eating regularly helps keep energy levels up during winter.
  • Wear several light layers of warm clothes (rather than one chunky layer).
  • Keep as active as possible.
  • Wrap up warm if you need to go outside on cold days.

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Snow Warden Scheme – Volunteers helping out

The UK Snow Warden Scheme is a community volunteer programme whereby local councils train a number of volunteers in residential areas to help clear snow and ice from side roads and pavements. The idea originated in Canada with a group of volunteers known as the Snow Angels.

Volunteers are trained in Health and Safety and are issued with the equipment to enable them to carry out the job effectivly. The equipment consists of a shovel, flourescent jacket and gloves, grit salt and in some instances a grit bin if required.

Snow Wardens are a great help to the council and  local community they live in, during bad weather many quieter roads don’t get gritted, with Snow Wardens helping clear these roads with the help of friends and neighbours, this enables the council to focus on priority routes.

Snow Wardens also provide information to their local council regarding the effect the weather has had in their area’s.

Most councils throughout the UK are now running this scheme and anyone wishing to join simply needs to call their local council to make a request to become a volunteer.