Winter Warmers success
Volunteers have helped hundreds of people in Tendring by supplying almost 2,000 items of clothing, shoes and bedding.
Essex County Fire and Rescue Service volunteers worked in partnership with the Citizens Advice Bureau and Tendring District Council to give away items at Dovercourt Fire Station.
The Winter Warmers scheme ran for six hours a day from Monday, January 11, to Friday, January 15.
The project has helped 220 of the poorest people in the community by handing out 1,950 items of footwear, clothing and bedding plus some curtains, several towels and food being handed out.
Volunteers also dealt with 12 referrals from people with no working smoke alarms in their property.
Les Nicoll, ECFRS Community Connector, said: “Every visitor was made welcome as soon as they entered the door. We offered refreshments and food and helped people to pick out items that meet their needs.
“Winter Warmers was a huge success, with people referred to Citizen Advice Bureau, foodbanks and other agencies including Barnardo’s, Surestart and Homestart.
“This community initiative has helped and protected the very poorest members of Tendring’s community. I would like to thank our partners and our volunteers who helped make the scheme a success.”
To become an ECFRS volunteer click:http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/Volunteering/.