City of Wolverhampton Council is calling for more volunteers to sign up to the council’s snow clearing scheme ‘Snow Wolves’ in preparation for the winter period.

Snow Wolves has around 300 dedicated volunteers who lend their community a helping hand, clearing snow and ice from neighbours’ pavements and driveways. 

Now in its fourth year, the council is looking to drum up more volunteers to join the pack. 

Earlier this year, 35 volunteers from Wednesfield High Street businesses signed up to Snow Wolves to pull together when the winter weather hits.

Volunteers will receive a free snow shovel, 2, 3kg shaker tubs of rock salt and a high visibility vest to carry out the works. 

In return, the Snow Wolves are asked to make a commitment to use the equipment for the benefit of their community in the event of heavy snow and ice, complementing the council's winter service. 

Ross Cook, Director for City Environment at City of Wolverhampton Council said: "By joining our team of Snow Wolves you will be a true local hero for your community when the weather takes a turn for the worst. 

“Our highways team do a fantastic job, but can’t always reach residential areas.

"In the event of heavy snow and ice, it is the council's priority to grit and clear the priority highway network to keep the roads safe and moving - ensuring the city doesn't grind to a halt.

"This vital work means that we can't always get out to treat some residential areas as quickly as we would like to - that's where Snow Wolves come in. 

“In the winter of 2017/18, we saw one of the coldest winters we’ve had in years, which proved just how important our Snow Wolves are to support our winter service. 

“Our team of volunteers braved the snow and ice to clear pavements and doorsteps of elderly, disabled and vulnerable residents. They did an amazing job – but we still need more people who know their local areas to pitch in and help their neighbours who need a little help to reach areas we can’t. 

“If this sounds like you, I strongly encourage you to sign up and join our fantastic team.”

Snow Wolves packs will be distributed on a first come, first served basis. Applicants should be physically fit and aged over 18. Anyone interested in joining the Snow Wolves can find out more at Snow Wolves snow clearing scheme.