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Snow clearing

18 January 2013

Winchester Nightshelter Guests Help Keep The City On The Move

Winchester Business Improvement District (BID) has teamed up with residents from the Winchester Churches NightShelter to provide a snow clearing service for businesses.

Friday 18th January saw the City transformed into a winter wonderland. While many people stayed at home in the warmth or played building snowmen with their children, a team of 4 residents of the NightShelter braved the weather to keep the City streets safer.

Winchester BID have had the ‘Snow procedure’ in place for the past 2 years, however this is the first time it was all systems go.  The scheme involves homeless people currently staying at the Nightshelter to make Winchester City pavements safe and passable. They will ensure the doorways of local business premises close to the new BID grit bins are cleared and paths are well gritted.

Catherine Turness, Projects Manager from Winchester BID, says:
“This project was introduced after comments from BID Members that they need a little bit of help during the snowy season at keeping the area around their premises safe for staff and customers. We are extremely grateful for the help from local residents of the NightShelter.”

The Nightshelter Manager, Michele Price said “This is a fantastic opportunity for our homeless guests to volunteer and to feel that they can be useful at the same time helping out the local community.”

For more information about the work of Winchester BID please visit www.winchesterbid.co.uk . If you would like to know how to get involved with the work of the Winchester Churches NightShelter please visit their website www.wcns.org.uk .