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

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. Click on the blue text above to learn more.
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).
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!

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.  Getting started..... guide gives some in depth information around your first steps.  The template Community Emergency Reponse 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.