Scottish Flood Forum: Supporting Community Led Action

News story posted: 08/11/2018

This article was written by Paul Laidlaw, Community Resilience Manager at the Scottish Flood Forum.


Despite the hot and dry summer, our climate is changing in many ways and flooding is now identified as one of the top climate change related risks facing the country.


The Scottish Flood Forum (SFF) is the only dedicated charity in Scotland that supports flood risk communities. The SFF is grant funded from Scottish Government and has been supporting communities who have experienced flooding, or are at risk of flooding, since 2007. Our aim is to reduce the impacts of flooding on individuals and communities by providing immediate support after flooding and by establishing a network of community resilience groups in flood risk areas. Our first-hand experience of working with Community Councils shows that many communities have increased their resilience to flooding by working with the SFF.


Why? Firstly – we know what it is like to be affected by flooding – if you are at risk of flooding or have been flooded and want to know what to do – our team will support and advise you – whatever your query or concern.


The SFF have worked with many Community Councils across Scotland by supporting them to inform local residents on flooding, engage with statutory authorities and develop better community resilience. For example we are currently working with Menstrie and Tillycoultry Community Councils to address flooding issues and develop community flood plans.


So what do we do?  We provide advice and information to individuals to help protect their home from flooding or, if the worst has happened, to recover from flooding. We do this via our publications and website, via our enquiry line and face to face through local drop-in surgeries or where necessary, house visits.


We help raise awareness and provide education and training to communities and community groups worried about flood risk and can support and advise on the set up and development of a Community Resilience Group if your area is at risk of flooding. Community Councils are often the focal point of local concerns and are well placed to inform people about the risks and develop a local emergency plan. The SFF can provide Community Councils with a wide variety of dedicated support and can attend meetings to give talks and presentations on flooding.


We are committed to supporting flood risk communities across Scotland prepare, respond and recover from flooding. The SFF recognise the many benefits that can come from informed, active and engaged individuals and communities taking action in and for their local area.


If you would like out more about the SFF then contact us or take a look at our website.


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