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‘The community resilience group involve local people in taking action to tackle the impact of severe weather conditions and shaping and delivering local services.’
Inspection report, May 2014
The programme itself is a very good example of local people influencing, shaping, designing and delivering local services. The types of activities include handling local communications through social media channels and radio and checking on people in their homes to ensure they have access to food, water and a safe place to stay.
Inspectors noted the programme's emphasis on community engagement and the fact that this is measured against Scottish Government targets.
The success of this programme is partly due to a strong sense of community and responsibility for supporting others. Resilience champions feel that this desire to help others is often born out of their own experience of having dealt with similar crisis situations in the past.
Resilience champions commented that the commitment and ongoing support from Council staff had been a significant factor in sustaining the community resilience teams. Communities found the Council's timeous dissemination of information particularly useful.
Next steps for this programme include partners taking further action to enhance the participation of young people through the local authority's youth involvement framework.
Inspectors found that the programme had the following strengths:
- a strong community ethos
- involvement of local community in planning
- partnership working
- responsive services.
To find out more about the community resilience programme, please contact Steven Wylie (firstname.lastname@example.org).