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November, 2013

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Title:Get Ready For Winter
ID & Publication:20131111015 ~ 
Subject:Community News 
 DMBC (4kb)

Doncaster Council is launching a ‘Winter Charter’ for the borough, it comes at the start of the annual Get Ready For Winter campaign.

Get Ready For Winter is a national campaign which has been delivered locally since 2011. Over the past two years there have been improvements such as more volunteers coming forward and vulnerable people being better cared for in Doncaster.

The theme for 2013/14 is ‘Look after yourself, look after each other’. Doncaster’s Winter Charter suggests what residents can do to be ready for winter, as well as being upfront about what they can expect from the council:

Doncaster’s Winter Charter

Look after yourself

•     Keep up to date with the weather forecast
•     Make a plan in case of bad weather
•     Leave the car at home in heavy snow or floods if possible, if not allow more time and plan journeys in advance - remembering to drive to conditions
•     Keep warm and well this winter

Look after each other

•     Become a volunteer
•     Check up on vulnerable neighbours

Doncaster Council will:

•     Aim to continue to provide a full range of services. This may however be at a reduced level in severe weather
•     Help to keep Doncaster moving by gritting roads across the borough as shown on our gritting map
•     Look after those who are identified and known to us as vulnerable in partnership with other organisations
•     Provide advice to residents on energy bills and heating their homes
•     Update our website, facebook and Twitter accounts with information and advice

Unfortunately we cannot:

•     Cannot clear snow and ice from all roads and footpaths
•     Deliver care to residents who have not already been approved through the usual channels
•     Make repairs to the homes of private tenants or homeowners
•     Always empty bins when it snows (but we will aim do so as soon as possible when conditions allow)

Councillor Pat Knight, Cabinet Member for Health and Adult Social Care said: ‘It is really important that people in Doncaster do look after themselves and each other during the cold winter months. Keeping warm and healthy will help prevent you becoming unwell. If you have an elderly or vulnerable neighbour I would urge you to check up on them and perhaps see if they need any help, even if it is just a pint of milk or loaf of bread from the shop.’

Councillor Christine Mills, Cabinet Member for Environment and Waste, said: ‘Doncaster Council is ready for winter and as usual our teams will be on hand to grit roads and clear snow in order to keep the borough’s main routes moving. Follow Doncaster Council @MyDoncaster for all of the latest updates and visit’

For help and advice on what to do if you become unwell this winter go to The information is also available in a British Sign Language video for the local deaf community:

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Author: 'DMBC'   Area: 'Doncaster'
Title: 'Get Ready For Winter'   Category 'Community News'
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