About us

What we do

Communities Prepared is a nationwide community resilience programme aiming to equip volunteer organisations in 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. Led by Groundwork South, we work in partnership with the Environment Agency, Cornwall Community Flood Forum and Cornwall College Business, as well as teaming up with a range of other voluntary organisations at the national and local level.

With backing from The National Lottery Community Fund’s Reaching Communities programme until October 2021 and additional support from The Prince’s Countryside Fund, the programme is providing community volunteers with free online and in-person training, advice and support, tailored to local needs and priorities. In doing so, we are supporting the development of multi-role community disaster relief volunteer groups that have the confidence and skills to work effectively alongside the emergency services and other local agencies to assist their community and its vulnerable residents to become more resilient over the long term.

This national approach builds on a successful Lottery funded pilot phase which ran from 2016 to 2018, supporting 300 flood volunteer group members from over 30 communities in South West England.

Here on our Communities Prepared volunteer’s hub you will find a range of downloadable volunteer training resources. This includes a modular training and train the trainer programme. The hub also includes a community volunteer member’s forum, and advice and support on a range of issues such as developing community emergency plans or flood plans, undertaking risk assessments, communications and fundraising. To complement this, free in-person training for volunteers and coordinators and dedicated support is available through flexible membership packages, enabling you and your community to easily access the level and type of support that you need. Find out more about what’s on offer and how we can help you and your local community here.

“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.

“You should be very pleased with the results of the activity. It made a huge difference and the whole process so much more responsive. A huge thank you from me. The group was awesome!”

Arthur Roberts, Resilience and Emergency Officer at Cornwall Council, in response to the same event.

Our Team

The Communities Prepared staff team is based at Groundwork South in Bristol and has extensive experience in delivering community engagement projects.


We work with a number of national and regional partner organisations who are supporting the development, delivery and evaluation of the community resilience programme.


Our funders include The National Lottery, The Prince’s Countryside Fund and Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN). For more information, click here.

Our partners