Abernethy, Aberargie and Dron News

Date of Last Submission

31st October 2022

Date of Publication

1st December 2022


WINTER WATCH – A Helping Hand!

What can you do for your community when severe weather strikes?

Every year severe winter affects many people in our local communities throughout Perth & Kinross. Heavy snow, ice and flooding can leave our neighbours without food and drink, heat and light or shelter for the night.

In times of crisis our friends, neighbours, family and communities pull together to help each other through but did you know that by co-ordinating those activities we can also assist the blue light services to get help to those most in need and with no immediate support.

Winter Watch is a new scheme to identify the support that local communities need and provide for each other. Winter Watch aims to collate, co-ordinate and mobilise local people to assist the emergency response to the worst disruption caused by severe weather incidents –

Here are a few ways you could help if the weather’s bad-

ORGANISATIONS/GROUPS – Can you provide accommodation for people evacuated from their homes or food and drink, heat and light, clothes, blankets and a bed for those cut – off without electricity?

VOLUNTEERS – Do you already volunteer with an organisation? – Can you go that extra mile and offer your services around your community if called upon?

GOOD NEIGHBOURS – Already helping your neighbours with snow clearing or bringing their weekly shopping?  Are you prepared to help other, vulnerable members of your community?

LOCAL BUSINESSES – What do you offer your customers in times of crisis? Could you link up with others to provide more help?

COMMUNITY MEMBERS – Do you have a 4x4 vehicle? a tractor? a generator? a community facility with space for evacuees ?

If you can answer YES to any of these questions we at Voluntary Action Perthshire would like to hear from you.

Join Winter-Watch now – Give Anna a call on 01738 452227 or drop us your details at info@vaperthshire.org

For more information see the attached poster and registration form. Alternatively go to www.vaperthshire.org   You can also check out www.readyscotland.org  and www.pkc.gov for tips and ideas on how to get through the worst of winter.

George Millar

Voluntary Action Perthshire

Tel. 01738 452209 (DD)  01738 567076 ( Reception)



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