Support Staffordshire has been heavily involved in local emergency response and recovery since the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020.
Since 2023 we have been working closely with the Staffordshire Civil Contingency Unit (CCU), a partnership of local emergency services, first responders and councils, to engage and involve voluntary organisations more in response and recovery work. This could involve emergency volunteers, pop up rest centres, or something more specialist. With emergencies such as winter flooding and excess summer heat becoming more common, all communities need to be more prepared and resilient.
We are also a member of the national Voluntary Sector Emergencies Partnership, actively involved as a ‘local lead’, and part of the Strategy Group and LRF Working Group.