ast week saw Newport covered in a blanket of snow. Schools, shops and even parks were forced to close as the ‘Beast from the East’ wreaked havoc across the city. However, amid the chaos, community spirit prevailed across Newport as residents came out to help those most in need.
Over the last few days, something a bit different has crept onto social media newsfeeds. In between the snowed in selfies and sledging fails, people have been offering their help and support to the community.
Pride in Pill led the charge, as volunteers dedicated time to clearing paths and delivering essential bread and milk to residents in Pill. The team worked hard each day to support local residents and help make travel in the area safer.
Elsewhere, communities came together to clear paths into local schools, so that children could return safely on Monday morning. Parents and local residents gave up their weekend to join caretakers in making school sites safe.
Gwent Police also took a proactive approach to the snow, and worked throughout the weekend with the local community to help get things back to normal. Gwent Police took to social media on Sunday to praise the community, as local people pulled together to clear roads and help those in need.
Social media has seen multiple offers of kindness and support, including a host of 4x4 drivers who offered to take medical staff to work.
The Fantastic Sandwich Shop offered free food and drink to the homeless during the snow, in an act of compassion and generousity. They invited rough sleepers to the café for a hot drink and toast first thing in the morning, followed by a hot lunch later in the day. The team also took hot meals onto the streets to hand out to those in need.
The Courtyard also opened its doors to anyone stranded by the snow, offering a warm shelter and refreshments to those in need.
On the streets, volunteers were seen leaving hats and gloves across the city for those in need, with notes attached saying ‘If you need me, please take me. Homeless charity, The Wallich’s outreach teams were also out making contact with those in desperate need.
These are just some of the amazing acts of kindness that have been witnessed in Newport during a weekend of snow. We'd love to hear your stories of more local heroes who went the extra mile during the snow.
Things almost came to a standstill, but the community rallied together to get things moving, and support those most at risk.
Today, we can be proud of Newport.