Volunteer

Support your community to become more resilient to flooding.

Volunteers lifting a large tree ready to use as a leaky dam.
Your community needs you!

If you’re interested in supporting your community to become more resilient to flooding, we’d love to hear from you. There are a few different ways that you can get involved which you can find out more about below. The roles are varied but training is provided to support you and you will not be required to be on a rota.

Two flood wardens wearing high vis jackets look at the river level.
Flood groups

Our flood groups work for and on behalf of residents and businesses to help find ways to limit the effects of flooding. They act as a representative voice for communities and provide information to support them to prepare for and respond to a flooding incident.

Typical duties include:

  • Participating in events such as leaf clearance, fundraising and exhibitions to help alleviate the risk of flooding.
  • Helping to draw up local flood plans and identify any resources needed to help manage flooding locally.
  • Managing local flood stores and releasing resources to assist those affected before, during and after flooding.
  • Working with other relevant national and local voluntary groups.

 

Flood wardens

Flood wardens are local volunteers who are supported by the Environment Agency and Calderdale Council. They play a critical role before, during and after flooding events by providing hands-on support to our communities.

Typical duties include:

  • Supporting real life flooding events by being the eyes and ears on the ground.
  • Communicating with the Environment Agency about flood warning information.
  • Offering advice and information to residents and businesses and actively encouraging them to sign up for the Environment Agency’s flood warning service.
  • Identifying and supporting vulnerable members of our communities.
  • Attending regular meetings with people at risk and those who have a role in assisting our communities.
  • Helping to manage resources in partnership with the flood groups.

Find out more about the role of a flood warden using the link below.

Hebden Bridge cinema and street under water following flooding.
Interested in getting involved?

In Calderdale, we currently have flood groups in Hebden Bridge, Mytholmroyd, Todmorden and Sowerby Bridge. To express an interest in joining a group please contact the group directly. Contact details can be found on each group page.

For other volunteer opportunities, please check our News Page.

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