Volunteers needed

Our Community Emergency Group needs additional coordinators. We particularly need support in the Caton Green, Littledale/Moorside area, and Forge Mill. Throughout Caton-with-Littledale and the area from Scarthwaite through Denny Beck into Lancaster we need younger people to get involved.

Our work has a number of different elements. During lockdown, we helped set up the community support scheme run from the Victoria Institute. In an emergency, we can staff the Victoria Institute so it can act as a centre for the village – there is a generator in case of a lengthy power cut. We have lists of useful people who can be of practical assistance in a community crisis, for instance by clearing fallen trees. Throughout the year, we advise people on how to prepare for an emergency, such as flooding. We keep in touch with Lancaster City Council, Lancashire County Council and other organisations to make sure they know about our needs, and to send information out locally to residents. We meet occasionally as a group, and try to attend training exercises run by Lancaster City Council together with the emergency services.

If you would like to know more, please speak to Peter Collins at the Victoria Institute, or ring Jenny Walmsley on 771299.