Reasons to join for free

There are many benefits to joining our nationwide collective of volunteers, communities and volunteer training providers.

As a member or coordinator of a community emergency volunteer group, or a community resilience professional, becoming a member of the Communities Prepared national community resilience network gives you access to:

  1. A range of free downloadable content such as volunteer training modules and handbooks.
  2. Our free self-led online modules, that can be completed at your own pace.
  3. Our free online Zoom sessions, delivered by one of our delivery team, typically on weekday evenings. Topics include: Community Emergency Planning, Flood Volunteer, Heatwave Awareness and Preparedness, Community Emergency Volunteer Coordinator.
  4. An online members’ forum, providing opportunities to ask questions and share experiences.
  5. Our monthly Q&A sessions, delivered online via Zoom, offering you the opportunity to discuss any questions, concerns or open topics with our delivery team.
  6. Share your own experience and stories via our sessions and forum, with the opportunity to also share via our social platforms, blog and newsletter.
  7. Specialist advice on a range of other topics, including communications, fundraising, risk assessments, insurance and wider community development
  8. Group management tools including an online volunteer database and volunteer training record for group coordinators.
  9. News and information on Communities Prepared activities and events in your area.
  10. The wider Communities Prepared community who can share their own experiences and learning.

How to get started and become a member. If you are:

  • A volunteer wanting to access our content and sessions, please sign up as a volunteer member to gain access to our members area and resources. If you are part of a volunteer group please check with your coordinator to see if the group is already registered first.
  • Interested in finding out more about volunteering then you can also sign up as a volunteer member, and explore the resources. Feel free to reach out to the Communities Prepared team directly if you need any help on where to start.
  • A leader of a Community Emergency Volunteer or Flood Group then you can sign up as a coordinator to access all the benefits above. Once you’ve created a free account for your group, you’ll then be able to invite all your volunteers to join so that they can have full access too.
  • A professional working in the community resilience field, sign up as a partner to get full access to our resources. You can find out more about becoming a partner here.

Registering as a member is completely free and enables you to keep track of your activities, sessions and progress and engage with other Communities Prepared members in a collaborative and engaging way.

Becoming a member also helps Communities Prepared do what we do. It gives us a a better understanding of the needs, interests and priorities of your community/group and enables us to provide more tailored support to you and your community.

We are passionate about ensuring this platform is a valuable resource to community groups and those who work with them across the country. Your membership also helps us show the reach of our programme, which enables us to get the funding we need to continue to develop and grow.

All members’ details are stored securely and not shared with any third parties; you can cancel your membership at any time via your member dashboard.

In addition to our online national courses and resources, we are able to offer in-person training and support for community groups and volunteers, tailored to the needs and interests of your community. Our delivery team would facilitate these sessions, held either at a local venue and tailored to an individual community, or as a group session for several communities in a region.

Examples of in person, community tailored support could include:

  • An interactive workshop where we collaborate and collectively complete activities such as community mapping, capabilities mapping, risk awareness, or developing a community emergency plan.
  • Community adapted content e.g. a flood session that is based on your geography, risk and need.
  • Community Resilience Engagement e.g. a range of topics, covered in a longer format (half or full day), delivered to a range of community members.
  • Topics that are a particular focus or need for a community such as insurance and risk assessments.

If this is of interest, please contact the team directly via communitiesprepared@groundwork.org.uk and we would be happy to discuss in more detail.

Please be aware, this offer is subject to team availability and capacity. While we are able offer our delivery content and the team’s time for free, we would need all other associated costs to be covered (travel, accommodation, subsistence), details of which would be agreed in advance in the planning and development stages.  

If you’re still not sure whether Communities Prepared is right for you, or just want to find out more, take a look at the other areas of this site – our Community stories showcase the experiences of some of the communities we’ve supported previously, our Resources page gives you a taster of the training and support on offer, and our FAQs answer some of the key questions you may have. If you’ve got other questions, email us and we’d be happy to discuss further. 

You can also engage with Communities Prepared via our monthly Newsletter, by signing up to our mailing list here. We also publish articles and thought pieces via our blog, which you can review here. Also make sure you are following us on our socials to get regular updates on our upcoming sessions and engage with the team directly there.

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