At the Mayoral inauguration in Romsey recently, Mayor Cllr. Dorothy Baverstock pledged to continue her quest to engage local people as volunteers in the road where they live, to support the Emergency Planning team by becoming an emergency link to the most vulnerable people in their neighbourhood.
Romsey Mayor Cllr. Dorothy Baverstock said:
There are all sorts of people who may need help in their communities – definitely the elderly and disabled but also a family with young children, blind and hard of hearing who may not be aware of warnings and so on.
Our climate has changed over the last few years and we need to be prepared for the unexpected such as house fires etc. It is not an onerous commitment but one that can save lives.
With the most recent bad weather resulting in flooding, the need for this project is evident and it has been decided to extend this opportunity across both Romsey Town and Romsey Extra.
Working with Unity Volunteering, the Romsey Area Aide initiative was established last year when the winter weather was at its worst with several people already setting the ball rolling by becoming volunteer local area aides.
Now that the Romsey Mayor has pledged to continue with this exciting initiative, Unity Volunteering will work closely with the Mayor’s office to recruit as many people as possible who are willing to be that critical point of contact throughout Romsey in the case of an emergency, helping people in their own street to keep them safe.