Community involvement

Community involvement (or resilience) is about empowering individuals, businesses and community groups to:

  • take collective action to both increase their own resilience and that of others
  • come together to identify and support vulnerable individuals
  • take responsibility for the promotion of individual and business resilience

Supporting Communities is a key strategic objective agreed by the Dorset Local Resilience Forum Executive Group and is included as part of the Dorset LRF Business Plan 2016-2019.

The Dorset Community Resilience Group is responsible for overseeing the work supporting individuals, businesses and community groups and the Terms of Reference for this group can be found here.

Within Dorset a number of voluntary organisations offer suport in times of need, this is in addition to the emergency services attending incidents.  You can learn more about those voluntary organisations by clicking here.


Dorset is the host to a large number of events across the year, if you are already an event organiser, or are thinking of holding an event in Dorset,  you can visit the below pages (opens in new window) for the 3 local authority areas in Dorset (Bournemouth, Poole and Dorset county area).

Public events planning Dorset county area

Events and filming in Bournemouth Borough Council area

Organise an Outdoor event in the Borough of Poole area

Dorset LRF is also hosting training events for people and organisations who hold public events in Dorset.  Our Event Organiser training is being held on two dates in mid October and November 2018.  Contact us for details.

Event Organiser Training (FREE)
Free training is being offered for event organisers who would like professional guidance on ensuring their event, large, small or community based, runs safely and successfully. Interested organisers should email:
Susie the childminder educational books for children
Our friends at the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Local Resilience forum and DEFRA funded the creation of Susie and her adventures. We are very grateful to them for this informative series of educational books. Don't forget to check Susie's very own website to read all her stories (opens the webpage).
Keeping vulnerable people safe when electricity, gas or water supply fails
Scottish & Southern Electricity Networks, Western Power Distribution, Bournemouth Water, South West Water and Wessex Water all have priority registers for vulnerable people.
Dorset Local Search and Rescue Commitee
This link will tell you more about search and rescue organisations in Dorset.
Upcoming events
We are in the process of developing our Community Resilience Strategy up until 2021. So watch this space!
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