We each play a role in the wider community around us. By working together in times of difficulty, we can help make recovery quicker and return to normality much more efficiently.
Resilient communities come to down to being a good neighbour. Building positive relationships with those who live around us can be invaluable when an emergency hits. Knowing who can provide a bit of assistance, or who might need it, makes a difference.
The Scottish Government and Local Authorities work together to support more formalised structures for developing preparedness - these are called Community Resilience Groups.
Community Resilience Groups
Community Resilience Groups (CRGs) are volunteers within your community, who lead on the formation and execution of the Community Resilience Plan. These groups usually align to your Community Council, though in some instances may operate separately.
The area these groups and plans cover aligns to the Community Council boundary map.
CRGs do not supplement or replace the work of the emergency services. Rather, volunteers will cooperate with Stirling Council as a point of contact, collating information and assisting in safe activities at a level they are comfortable with. For example, this might be volunteering at a Support Centre during an emergency or clearing snow from communal paths.
Find further information on Community Resilience Groups.
Community Resilience Plans
A Community Resilience Plan is a document owned by a Community Resilience Group. It outlines what the group will do in an emergency situation, if their plan is activated.
The group will keep in touch with relevant Stirling Council officers, and if appropriate, both parties will agree to proceed with activation.
A plan will contain a localised risk assessment - for example, the likelihood of flooding. Measures can be put in place to mitigate these risks. Some groups may also have access to communal equipment, such as grit, salt, snow shovels, high-visibility clothing to name a few examples.
As these plans will contain contact information for volunteers, and other sensitive information, these plans are not publicly available. If you wish to get involved in your Community Resilience Group, you should get in touch with your local Community Council who can direct you as appropriate.
Everyone stands to gain if Stirling's individuals and communities can enhance their resilience. If you would like to get involved and volunteer your time, you can find out more about your local circumstances by contacting your local Community Council - find yours here.
If your area doesn't have an existing Community Resilience Group, check out our guidance on Creating a Group & Plan.