Blogs

Welcome! Here you’ll find our latest community engagement news, training and volunteering highlights plus guest blogs covering a range of community resilience and emergency planning topics. From academic research to Q&As with volunteers, we are always looking to share knowledge and expertise. If you have a guest blog you’d like to submit, get in touch! Email communitiesprepared@groundwork.org.uk to find out more.

Recap: Insights from the National Conference on Societal Resilience

In March, Nick, Richard and Alice from the Communities Prepared team attended the second National Conference on Societal Resilience, at the University of Manchester, along with around 180 other attendees from a mix including Local Resilience Forums, Resilience organisations, Central government representatives, consultancies, and academics. So what did we learn, and what does this mean […]

Passion and Momentum at the Flood and Water Management Expo 2023

We were so pleased to take part in the newly rebranded Flood and Water Management Expo last month, and to see so many of you there at our stand and our workshop with JBA Consulting. Delivery Manager Mike Anthony and Senior Project Officers Richard Hood and Alice Moorcroft-Hughes attended from the Communities Prepared team and […]

We’re here to hear you: The Community Flood Zone at the Flood and Water Management Expo 2023

Thanks to the success of last year, the Community Flood Zone is returning with the explicit aim of centring the public in the discussion around flooding. Developed by Communities Prepared and flood specialist organisations, this is a space to come with your questions, concerns and experiences and help to steer the priorities of the flood services sector and the wider conversation around flooding and community resilience.

Protecting yourself and your community in a heatwave  

Whether or not our summer arrives, we are still likely to face prolonged periods of heat, this year and beyond. How can we protect ourselves and others? What could we consider doing as communities to be better prepared? All of this and more will be answered in our new blog post from one of our new communities prepared team members, Alice Moorcroft-Hughes, looking at heatwaves and what communities can do to be able to withstand the hot weather to come. 

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Exploring Society’s Pursuit for Climate Resilience

JBA Consulting’s Phil Emonson’s reflects on last month’s Flood and Coast workshop collaboration with Communities Prepared and on wider societal resilience to climate change. With ‘whole of society’ resilience now a national government ambition, and reflecting on JBA’s own vision to ‘lead in society’s pursuit for resilience to climate change’, it was with huge pleasure […]

What do we mean by volunteer?

Volunteers’ Week 2023 falls within the landscape of the recent The Big Help Out during Coronation weekend on the 8th May and the release of the Time Well Spent survey from the National Council for Voluntary Organisations which indicate that volunteering is at all-time low in England due to global events such as COVID and […]

Wildfire Awareness and Preparedness in UK Communities

What are wildfires and do they affect me and my community? Wildfires are unplanned fires that burn in natural areas like forests, grasslands or fields. These dangerous fires spread quickly and can devastate not only wildlife and natural areas but also communities. As well as the negative effect on wildlife habitats, farming and risk to […]

Insights from the BRIC Project Closing Conference – March 2023, Plymouth

Project Support Officer Emily Roach Osborne reflects on the approach and learnings of the BRIC project in engaging communities and effectively, collaboratively improving climate resilience in communities. Communities Prepared attended the Social Innovation for Climate Resilience conference in Plymouth on Wednesday 15th of March. This conclusion of the two-year Building Resilience in Communities project across […]

Met Office warnings

09:20pm Monday 20 May 2024

Recap: Insights from the National Conference on Societal Resilience

In March, Nick, Richard and Alice from the Communities Prepared team attended the second National Conference on Societal Resilience, at the University of Manchester, along with around 180 other attendees from a mix including Local Resilience Forums, Resilience organisations, Central government representatives, consultancies, and academics. So what did we learn, and what does this mean […]

Flood Warnings for England

09:20pm Monday 20 May 2024

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