It's been several months since I was announced as winner of LG Challenge 2014. It's incredible how time has passed; I'm excited and daunted in equal measure about how much more I have to do to develop my project: Community Connect. It seems like yesterday that I was on the stage and receiving my trophy from Hilary Benn MP: http://www.local.gov.uk/web/guest/lgchallenge/-/journal_content/56/10180/5990842/ARTICLE
The Bruce Lockhart Scholarship, awarded to the winner of LG Challenge, enables me to learn from others across the UK, Europe and the US. So far, I've had a fascinating visit to North Somerset to see how Community Resilience North Somerset have set about engaging communities with emergency planning. Their approach is incredibly comprehensive and thorough and is based around the principles of integrated emergency management (see, I'm already learning phrases and concepts unfamiliar to me!). There is a great deal I can borrow from their approach to develop Community Connect. My thanks go to Ian Wilson, North Somerset's Emergency Manager for his time and patience in introducing me to their scheme. http://communityresilience-ns.org.uk/wp/
In my next blogs, I'll update you on my investigations into Asset Based Community Development, a concept I hope to integrate into the Community Connect approach. And also tell you about the links I'm developing with Surrey Fire and Rescue, key partners in any community resilience scheme.
If you're interested in sharing your experiences in building community resilience networks, join in the conversation or contact me directly.
P.S. Good luck to all those who have applied for LG Challenge 2015...you're in for the ride of your career! http://www.local.gov.uk/lgchallenge;jsessionid=C4CE87E29EECEABA7EF23026693D5DC5