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 support 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.
Supporting communities in Dorset, especially at the present time as the country responds to Covid19 is important to the agency's in Dorset.
Our colleagues at Public Health England have published a short information pack for communities that we hope will be useful. You can download the pack via this link.
You can also sign up to Government updates in respect of Covid19 as well as see a useful video about effective handwashing here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public (opens in a new window)
So you want to learn more about making your community resilient?
Emergencies happen. Your local emergency responders will always have to prioritise those in greatest needs during an emergency, especially where life is in danger. There will be times when you may be affected by an emergency but your life is not in immediate danger.
During this time, individuals and communities may need to rely on their own resources to ensure they are able to cope with the consequences of the emergency. Many communities already spontaneously help one another in times of need, but previous experience has shown that those who have spent time planning and preparing for this are better able to cope, and recover more quickly.
How resilient is your community? Your Council ward, Council borough, village or street? Your sports club or other community group? And what can you do to help build this resilience?
Presently, there are a number of communities in the UK already involved in preparing for emergencies, those communities:
- Are aware of risks that may affect them (both nationally and locally) and how vulnerable they are to such risks. This helps motivate them to personally take action to prepare for the consequences of emergencies.
- Work in partnership to complement the work of the local emergency responders and other organisations before, during and after an emergency.
- Use existing skills, knowledge and resources to prepare for, and deal with, the consequences of emergencies.
The two documents below will help communities interested in improving their resilience. The Getting Started Guide gives some in depth information around your first steps. The template Community Emergency Response Plan provides key guidance and sets out common practice as to how a plan should be structured. Of course there may be some elements that you need to know more about, when you consider a community plan. Dorset Civil Contingencies Unit (Dorset CCU) can put you in contact with emergency planning professionals who can support you. To get more information, just click on the About link at the top of this page.
Both these documents are Microsoft Word 2016 compatible.