Communities and neighbourhoods
Guidance on community action during severe weather: The Big Society in action

Guidance on community action during severe weather: The Big Society in action

Published 6 December 2010
Type(s) Good practice and guidance
Site Communities and neighbourhoods
ISBN 9781409826859
Price Free

Summary

Every year public-spirited volunteers get out in their communities and support people who are affected by severe weather conditions. Whether shovelling the snow away from schools or transporting food and medicine to the vulnerable, these volunteers step up for neighbours in trouble. This is the community spirit that lies at the heart of the Big Society and the Government is keen that no would-be volunteer is discouraged or barred from helping out. This guidance is for all those individuals, and voluntary groups, who want to get involved this year.

The guidance challenges misconceptions about health and safety laws getting in the way of action and volunteering. It also contains contacts for useful charities for vulnerable people such as the Red Cross, and tips on how to volunteer. We need the Big Society most in times of adversity when communities have to pull together. This guidance sets out how you can survive the ice and snow and help your neighbours to do the same.

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