East Renfrewshire MP Paul Masterton has shown his support for a new British Red Cross scheme.

Community Reserve Volunteers will create a national network of people ready to help in a local emergency.

Paul met with British Red Cross volunteers to hear about the initiative, as well as their experiences of being deployed to incidents such as floods and fires.

The MPs’ support for the project came after a report published by the British Red Cross and Aviva showed that the majority of people in Scotland would want to help if disaster struck in their community, but 45 per cent would not know what to do.

The scheme hopes to recruit 10,000 community reserve volunteers across the UK by the end of 2019.

Mr Masterton said: “A national taskforce of community reserve volunteers will put people and their communities at the heart of emergency response, to help communities rebuild and recover faster.”

To learn more about the British Red Cross’ Community Reserve Volunteer scheme with Aviva and how to sign up, visit redcross.org.uk/reserves