We’re supporting communities across Cumbria with projects that will reduce their area’s carbon footprint, helping to prevent climate change. That’s because climate change is one of the root causes of the extreme weather we’re seeing around the world.
According to the Met Office, extreme weather events are seven times more likely on a planet with human-made climate change, and research has also shown that storms like Desmond, which caused the widespread flooding in Cumbria in 2015, was more likely to have happened due to climate change. So, it’s essential that we take action to tackle the causes of climate change, by lowering Cumbria’s carbon footprint.
If your community would like to run a project that would reduce carbon emissions in some way, CAfS may be able to offer you structured support. Please get in touch if you’d like to find out more – email firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 01768 210276.
Community emergency planning (by ACT)
ACT is the county’s community development and rural charity, and works closely with communities, supporting them with emergency planning and resilience activities, as it has done for many years.
Communities are being helped to write or update their own emergency plans, networks of community emergency planning groups are being developed and effective links between community emergency groups and statutory responders are being encouraged. Through Rebuilding Together, ACT has been able to boost the support it can offer to individuals, households and communities to consider what they can do to prepare for and bounce back after extreme events.
Being prepared is proven as a key to increasing the resilience of people and communities. Working with the statutory agencies and other partners, ACT is supporting communities to have a voice, through the Community Resilience Network, and assisting them to agree and take practical and evidence-based action to make a difference to personal and community resilience in Cumbria.
To find out more, contact ACT on 01228 817224 or visit www.cumbriaaction.org.uk.
For building professionals (by CAfS)
CAfS has been running training courses on retrofitting for flood resilience and energy efficiency. We list course dates on our Events page and please do sign up for our newsletter to hear about new dates as soon as they’re arranged.
For volunteers and charities (by Cumbria CVS)
Cumbria CVS is working with both volunteers and local charities to build resilience. Local charities are being encouraged to develop emergency plans for their own organisation, and to consider how they can help the people they work with to plan for emergencies. The project is also linking these third-sector organisations to Cumbria Resilience Forum, helping them understand the county’s emergency plans and ensuring they can continue to play a key role supporting the statutory sector in the response to and recovery from emergencies.
Communities and voluntary organisations played an important role in the response to the 2015 floods, and are playing an ongoing role in recovery. Rebuilding Together will help to build on the existing partnerships, and support local communities and organisations to increase their resilience and confidence to respond alongside statutory organisations. December’s floods saw an overwhelming number of people volunteering to help in Cumbria. Between local people and incoming groups, over 50,000 hours of volunteer work were accounted for in the first couple of months. The project is exploring how best to coordinate these volunteers, and provide appropriate training and support for them.
For more information, contact Cumbria CVS on 01768 800350 or visit www.cumbriacvs.org.uk.
Reducing waste after flooding
Clearing out flooded properties resulted in a large amount of waste in Cumbria. The sight of skips full of fittings like flooring and plasterboards and personal belongings is one of the abiding images from Storm Desmond. We wanted to understand why there was so much waste, and what could be done to reduce it in the future.
See what we found out >>