Our experience as a country, particularly during the past few years, demonstrates the we need to build more resilience, especially more resilient communities. NAVCA and our members welcome the work being done to develop the National Resilience Strategy, and for the opportunity to contribute.
Whether we have been responding to events that have affected a specific community – flooding, fires and acts of terror – or events which affect us all – the Covid-19 pandemic – the VCSE sector has been at the forefront of both immediate emergency response and longer term recovery.
Organisations – more specifically, people – from across the VCSE sector step up, time and time again, and will continue to do so. The insight and expertise, connections and assets, commitment and goodwill of the VCSE sector are powerful resources which can be harnessed in the mitigation and preparedness stages of building resilience, as well as in immediate response and longer term recovery.
In this submission, NAVCA makes the case for integrating the local VCSE sector and, specifically, local infrastructure organisations, into resilience systems. Why?
We have used our detailed knowledge of local infrastructure and the wider VCSE sector to identify how the VCSE’s contribution to resilience and all stages of planning and response could be strengthened and formalised.
Download a copy of our 'National Resilience Strategy' paper which was submitted in September 2021.
As a direct result of the coronavirus outbreak, local authorities across England are issuing dire warnings. They are facing financial challenges which are unprecedented, and that their financial stability is, in places, in question.
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