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Help family, friends and neighbours

Elderly or vulnerable family, friends and neighbours may need some help during winter to make sure they are safe and well. This could be checking that they are warm enough, especially at night, or that they have stocks of food or medicines so they donít need to go out during very cold weather.

If you are worried about a relative or an elderly neighbour, contact Cumbria County Council on 01228 606060 to speak to your nearest adult social care office or ring the Age UK helpline on 0800 169 6565.

Clear the way

Cumbria County Council works hard to keep roads open and safe during winter and when conditions become severe salt / grit is distributed to parishes to boost local stocks and to allow communities to spread their own grit on local roads.

It also provides salt heaps and grit bins as a self-help facility for road users. Typically, these are situated in rural areas, on bends and steep gradients and in villages (often near the school) where they are most needed.

If your neighbours will have difficulty getting in and out of their home, offer to clear snow and ice around their property as well as your own.

Snow champions

The county council is recruiting 300 volunteers to help clear snow and ice from footways and pavements near their homes during severe winter weather conditions. This scheme is the first of its kind in the country and aims to add further resilience to the councilís winter gritting arrangements for priority gritting routes.

The scheme is on an entirely voluntary basis and volunteers are given suitable equipment (high visibility vest, gloves, snow shovel and salt). To hear more about becoming a snow champion call 0845 6096609 or visit www.cumbria.gov.uk/winter.

Stay informed

Gritter Twitter: Cumbria County Council has launched an innovative new online map to keep track of its gritting plans during the winter months. The map is updated daily to show which roads the councilís in-house Highways service intends to treat during periods of snowy and frosty weather. The map can be viewed at www.cumbria.gov.uk/gritting and also be tracked through Twitter at #CumbriaCC.

Cumbria Community Messaging Service is the new free way of getting local information on a range of issues to you quickly.

Visit cumbriacommunitymessaging.co.ukthis external link will open in a new window for more information or to sign up. People without internet access should contact their police station for an application form.