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Groundwork South is being funded by the Big Lottery Reaching Communities Fund to support community resilience across the country, helping community groups to be better able to respond to, and recover from, flooding and other emergencies.  Working with Cornwall Community Flood Forum, Cornwall College Business, the Environment Agency and other organisations over the next three years we’ll be providing training, advice and resources to communities to help reduce the impact of flooding and other emergencies.

Following a successful pilot phase from February 2016 to February 2018, which supported over 300 volunteers in 33 communities across South West England, this phase will roll out the programme nationally to many more at risk communities.

Central to this will be the development and launch of a hub and digital platform, featuring staff, a website, adaptable community resources, training and a train the trainer programme, advice, community development and support, and a smartphone app. These resources will be made available through a tiered membership offer, enabling communities to easily access the level of support they need.

We’ll be working with a range of organisations to help build community resilience, providing development and training support to at least 20 communities at risk of flooding and other emergencies, and empowering over 200 volunteer flood wardens and community champions. Through this, these individuals and groups will be more informed, confident and able to remain safe and play an effective role before, during and after an emergency or natural disaster.  

Overall, the project aims to:

  • Increase communities’ resilience and recovery to emergencies and their impact;
  • Support community champions and volunteers to take the lead within the community setting; and
  • Become the primary resource for community emergency volunteers, sustainable for the long term.

Contact information:

The project is just getting underway and more information will be added to this page soon. To find out more, or if you are interested in getting involved, please contact Hannah Baker, Programme Manager on or 07702 532710. 

If you would like to find out more about the project’s pilot phase and its achievements, the Evaluation Report can be downloaded here


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We’d like to thank the Big Lottery Fund and our partners for their support of this project.