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London Communities Emergencies Partnership – Dissemination Workshop

Earlier this month, the Greater London Authority (GLA), in collaboration with the London Communities Emergencies Partnership (LCEP), hosted a workshop to highlight three recent reports which the GLA have commissioned to enhance community resilience in London.

Session highlights

The workshop, attended by 60 voluntary, community, faith and statutory sector organisations, was an invaluable opportunity to hear directly from the researchers about the themes, lessons and recommendations from their reports.

Key research and reports discussed include:

  • Building Community Resilience through engaging Neighbourhood Networks research
  • Community Resilience Fund midpoint evaluation report
  • Community Resilience Equalities Engagement research

Looking ahead

The insights and recommendations from this workshop will guide future actions and enhance the GLA’s ongoing efforts to build a robust framework for community resilience in London. Partners are invited to engage with and contribute to these transformative initiatives. At LCEP we are using the research to reflect on our work and to inform our future activities and strategic plans. Keep an eye out in the future months for updates on this.

Please note that not all of the reports linked here are in an accessible format. We will update this page as soon as they are available.

Neighbourhood Networks research –
Presented by Grainne O’Dwyer, Neighbourly Lab

Communities organise themselves in many ways and through many forms. Engagement, communication, and partnership with these various structures are important in building community resilience.

One such form that played an important role in addressing the COVID-19 pandemic was neighbourhood networks. This includes everything from formal structures such as Resident Associations and Neighbourhood Watch groups, to informal networks such as mutual aid groups, resident Facebook and WhatsApp groups, and more.

We wanted to understand neighbourhood networks and learn how to build connections through these networks to community resilience programmes.

Read their report here – Building Community Resilience Through Engaging Neighbourhood Networks – Research Report

Community Resilience Fund midpoint evaluation report –
Presented by Dr Tracey Coates, Kingston University

How can emergency planning teams in local authorities across London work closer with local community organisations to coordinate preparedness, response to and recovery from emergencies?

The community Resilience Fund supports community organisations to work together with their local authority emergency planning teams to best prepare for emergencies in their London boroughs.

The project has funded 22 London boroughs so far and we will be announcing the last round later in the year. We wanted to know what impact it is having.

Read the evaluation here – Community Resilience Fund Interim Evaluation

Read an accessible version of the evaluation here – Community Resilience Fund Interim Evaluation (accessible version)

Community Resilience Equalities Engagement research
Presented by Paul Bragman & Kim Donahue, Community Regen & Kim Donahue Consulting respectivley

We know marginalised groups are often found to have higher vulnerability to emergencies. Longstanding structural inequalities can affect the way some people in society have access to information, guidance, and support for resilience as we saw during the e COVID-19 pandemic.

Equality organisations can bring specific knowledge and experience to support robust incident response and recovery, often including intelligence not held by other agencies. The Equalities Engagement project was about exploring community resilience for equality organisations.

Read their report here – Final Report Equalities and Resilience

Take a look at the slides – Community Resilience Equalities Engagement slides

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