04 Oct

Community flood resilience group seeks health and education expertise

The Calderdale Community Flood Resilience Operations Group is looking for new members to help increase the capacity of communities to respond to flood events and improve flood resilience in the Calder Valley.
The group's role is to support and contribute to the development of all community-related flood initiatives and provide information and practical support to assist the wider community with future flood resilience.
These actions are supported by the communications and engagement subgroups across a range of channels including the flood partner newsletter and the Eye on Calderdale website.
It also monitors and critically reviews community resilience aspects of flood programmes and initiatives and reports progress, successes, issues and problems to the Calderdale Flood Recovery and Resilience Partnership Programme Board for recognition and resolution.
All actions are delivered via an annual work programme, with the group meeting and reporting to the board on a quarterly basis.
Existing members include:
  • Community business networks
  • Calderdale Council: Housing, Environmental Health, Business & Economy, Neighbourhoods, Emergency Planning, Flooding, Highways, Communications
  • Community Foundation for Calderdale
  • Environment  Agency: Flood Resilience and Partnerships, Strategy Overview
  • Flood groups
  • Flood wardens
  • Parish and town councils
The group is looking for representatives from the health and education sectors to play a part in progressing and monitoring the actions in the plan.
From local GP surgeries to mental health initiatives, and from head teachers to school governors, anyone with relevant expertise and a professional interest in community flood resilience is welcome to get in touch.
Key achievements of the group to date include:
  • establishing a network for community flood action groups and a database of volunteers
  • supplying flood recovery and resilience grants to businesses and residents
  • developing the community’s emergency flood response through a series of live exercises
  • raising money for flood warden radios, and
  • growing the number of flood wardens, groups and stores throughout the Valley.
If you are interested in becoming a member, please contact Isaac Dziya, secratary of the Calderdale Community Flood Resilience Operations Group and Flood Resilience Partnership Manager at Calderdale Council, at Isaac.Dziya@calderdale.gov.uk giving details of your professional role, organisation and the reason for your interest in joining the group.