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Communities Prepared National Group

The sixth Communities Prepared National Group (CPNG) was held on 18 January 2017 at Admiralty House, Whitehall London organised by the Civil Contingencies Secretariat (CCS) – Cabinet Office.  The CPNG was formed in direct response to Local Resilience Forums (LRF) requests for more help at the strategic level in engaging and facilitating community resilience locally.  As the Government doesn’t have all the answers the group was created as a forum to share good practice and lessons learnt amongst local responders from LRFs across the country.

The day was introduced by Isla Hurley Brunt, Head of Community Resilience CCS and facilitated by Max Brodie. Ian Whitehouse Deputy Director for the CCS also participated in the meeting which was very well attended with Emergency Planners from across the UK, including Jawaid Akhtar from Birmingham Resilience Team. Presentations and discussions included: 

Shared Principles : Community Resilience Framework for Practitioners  

– Max Brodie, CCS

Communicating Resilience 

– Presentation from Claire Sibbick, Government Digital Service

Enhancing local capability: Training for volunteers 

– Abigail Howells, Environment Agency

Local partnerships: BERG local resilience pathfinders 

– Joey Tabone and Francis Miller, Business Emergency Response Group

Funding opportunities: the work of UK Community Foundations

– Fabian French, CEO UK Community Foundations and Dr Jenny Benson, Flood Fund Programme Manager, Cumbria Community Foundation

Measuring impact: the business case for community resilience


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