We are leading a nationwide community resilience programme in partnership with the Environment Agency, Cornwall Community Flood Forum and Cornwall College Business. We are equipping communities across the country with the knowledge and tools to effectively prepare for, respond to and recover from, emergencies such as flooding, snow, other severe weather events and utility failures.

Bespoke Community Training

With backing from The National Lottery Reaching Communities England Fund until October 2021, and additional support from The Prince’s Countryside Fund and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN)’s Resilient Communities Fund, we are providing community volunteers with online and face-to-face training, advice and support, tailored to local needs and priorities. In doing so, we’re supporting the development of  community emergency volunteer groups that have the confidence and skills to work effectively alongside the emergency services and other local agencies to assist the local community and its vulnerable residents in emergency situations. to become more resilient over the long term.

Online Resilience Resource

Training is supplemented by a new pioneering online resilience hub. The hub provides a range of downloadable and adaptable resources, a members’ forum, and specialist advice and support on a range of topics including developing community emergency / flood plans, undertaking risk assessments, communications and fundraising. It also features an interactive geo-mapping facility, which will enable the emergency services to monitor the readiness and status of the volunteer groups in their area.

In developing a network of trained and empowered volunteers across the country, Communities Prepared is helping communities to take a crucial steps forward towards greater community resilience. The programme’s national approach builds on a successful Lottery funded pilot phase which ran from 2016 to 2018, supporting 300 volunteers from over 30 communities in South West England.

“It was great to be part of such a massive team effort. We door knocked and handed out evacuation letters. We used the plan to book the hall and call on our tea ladies. The high-vis clothing is so cosy! The flood wardens got lots of compliments from the emergency services and residents!”

Cllr Joyce Duffin, Portreath Flood Group Coordinator, whose village was flooded shortly after the group completed their training and exercised their flood plan in December 2017.

Get in touch for information about our training programme and to find out how we can support you and your community.
communitiesprepared@groundwork.org.uk  –  
01179 103930

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Thanks to The National Lottery Community Fund, The Prince’s Countryside Fund and Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) for their support of this programme.comprepared_funders_partners