A DEDICATED team of volunteers in Howwood has been hailed for its efforts to help the community cope with severe weather.

The Howwood Emergency Amateur Response Team (HEART) was formed to ensure the village can

continue to operate in an emergency situation.

And during recent adverse conditions, the volunteers cleared local roads of snow, gritted walkways and maintained access to bus stops.

The 25-strong group also ensured the area around Howwood Primary was free of snow and ice, as well as visiting older residents to check they were okay.

Joe Graham, one of the HEART volunteers, said: “In addition to its very practical purposes, community resilience helps put a pride back into local communities.

“You also get to know your neighbours better and it can be quite good fun.”

Working alongside Renfrewshire Council’s civil contingencies service, communities are encouraged to undertake a variety of measures to ensure they are prepared for

poor weather or other emergencies.

Councillor Cathy

McEwan, convener of the Renfrewshire’s infrastructure, land and environment policy board, said: “I commend the dedication of everyone involved with the HEART group.