Get ready for winter

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Two Fountainhall residents have taken the lead to ensure their community is prepared for winter.

Dawn Brown and Charlotte Hendry (resource coordinator), pictured, arranged for a team of people to knock on every door in the village, offering information and encouraging people to sign up to a community resilience plan.

During the visits they learned who had what skills in the village – for example someone has a chainsaw licence (useful in bad weather to remove fallen trees). The women said: “The key to making the project work was getting the whole village involved, with a large percentage of the community now signed up. The council has provided our team with their resilient equipment, and we are receiving first aid training, plus two small sandbag stores for the community.”

For details on setting up a resilience plan for your community, visit http://www.scotborders.gov.uk/resilientcommunities