Research into the role of the third sector in Cumbria flood recovery
Update September 2012
We are pleased to announce that in July 2012 the Communities Sub Group of the County Resilience Unit (CRU) in Cumbria agreed to monitor progress in taking forward combined recommendations from Cumbria CVS research into the role of the third sector in flood recovery and Cumbria Resilience recovery phase debrief report from the November 2009 floods.
Responsibilities in taking the recommendations forward are assigned to community, voluntary (third sector) and statutory sector groups or organisation working to improve community resilience to unexpected disasters, in Cumbria (see matched CVS/CRU recommendations).
Maximising the role of the third sector in flood recovery
This document has been prepared by Cumbria CVS. It combines the recommendations from research into the role of the third sector in flood recoveryand Cumbria Resilience Unit (CRU) recovery phase debrief report. This work was undertaken to illustrate the similarities in the findings of both reports that relate to third sector and community involvement in recovery. In order for these recommendations to be taken forward, action needed has been allocated to communities, third sector organisations and statutory agencies in Cumbria. Actions are split into the following areas: leadership, volunteering, collection of offers, communication, well-being, funding and community recovery groups.
Full Report of role of the third sector in helping communities recover from the November 2009 floods
Presentation of research results
Third sector organisations across Cumbria have had a vital role in helping their communities recover following the immediate aftermath of the floods, through to the first year anniversary and beyond. At the second anniversary, support is still being provided.
The following documents are available from the presentation of 8 December 2011 to download:
- Kirstine Riding Cumbria CVS, Research into the role of the third sector in Cumbria Flood Recovery. Click here for copy of presentation
- Sue Cashmore, Northern Flood Action Group. Click here for copy of presentation.
- Terry McCormick ACT, Community Resilience Planning. Click here for copy of presentation.
- Deb Muscat CCF, Cumbria Flood Recovery Fund. Click here for copy of presentation.
- For a copy of the executive summary click here.
Flood Recovery Action Plan
Cumbria CVS is committed to ensuring that many of the recommendations made in the report are taken forward by key statutory and third sector partners in Cumbria.
The action plan will be regularly updated.
Churches Together in Cockermouth – Prepared for Emergencies
Guidance notes on the action CTiC has in place to deal with an emergency situation and give advice on how they ensured pastoral care and support within their community continued, following the severe flooding that affected Cockermouth in November 2009.
The Power for Change: Emergency and Recovery Planning for Communities
In May 2012, ACTion with Communities in Cumbria - in collaboration with Cabinet Office, Cumbria County Council, Cumbria CVS and Environment Agency - held a conference aimed at community groups and officers with an interest in emergency and recovery planning to make communities more resilient in an era of climate change. Download the event briefing paper and speaker presentations at