The Howwood Emergency Amateur Response Team (H.E.A.R.T.), was first set up in October 2012.
The aim of the group was to develope a resilience plan to help improve the safety and quality of life of all those living in, working in or even just passing through the village of Howwood. By having such a plan the village will form part of the Community Resilience Programme promoted by the Scottish Government to aid local communities to become better prepared to respond to an emergency or serious incident at both the community wide level and the more personal domestic level.
Since its inception the group have mobilised a few times to aid the community, some examples are below:
- February 2018 – Mobilised to clear pavements and the path to Howwood Primary School of very deep snow as Renfrewshire council was unable to cope with the amount of snow needing to be cleared across their area of responsibility.
- March 2020 – Mobilised and recruited volunteers to help residents with getting shopping, medication and also with transport to medical apppointments during the lockdowns that were imposed in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Why not visit the Facebook page of the team to learn more. If you would be interested in joing the team, email them on .