Rebuilding Together

Following Storm Desmond and flooding across the county in December 2015
, the Big Lottery funded a £1 million package to help Cumbrian communities become more resilient and to support local people, communities and organisations to prepare for similar events in the future.

The Project
Rebuilding Together was a 3 year programme, which started in October 2016, led by Cumbria CVS and delivered in partnership with Cumbria Action for Sustainability (CAfS) and Action with Communities in Cumbria (ACT) – three local charities with a long history of working together to support communities and organisations across Cumbria. The programme finished in September 2019.

Summary sheet
You can download a Summary of the programmes activities HERE

The Partners
You can contact the organisations involved in the following ways:

Contact: Hazel Graham
01768 210276 // Cumbria Action for SustainabilityRebuilding Together

Contact: Lorrainne Smyth
01228 817224 // with Communities -Community Emergency Planning

Cumbria CVS
Contact: Carolyn Otley, Community Resilience Coordinator
01768 800350//


Rebuilding Together Conference, February 2020

Conference resources:

End of Year 2 & 3 Report
End of year 2 report on activity HERE and end of year 3 report on activity HERE

Links to the Programme Resources
A number of tools, information and resources are available to support individuals, groups and organisations. Please see the links below:

Cumbria Action for Sustainability resources:

ACTion with Communities in Cumbria (Visit their webpage to access all information)

  • Community Emergency Planning
  • ACT is supporting communities across the county with community resilience and emergency planning, to help them prepare for, respond to, and recover from an emergency. Download project information sheet
  • Community Emergency Planning Guide and Template Plan
  • Improving Community Resilience – Guidance for Parish / Town Councils
  • Community Emergency Planning – Having the Conversation
  • Video interview – Keswick Community Emergency Plan
  • Case Study – Dent Bad Weather Friends
  • Cumbria Neighbourhood Watch – Insurance offer for Emergency planning groups
  • Household Emergency Planning leaflet
  • Neighbourliness Works leaflet


When The Waters Rise 

A film produced to highlight the personal stories of some of those affected by flooding in Carlisle.


Botcherby Community Centre Project: Remembering the Floods

Botcherby Community Centre in Carlisle suffered closure after flooding in both 2005 and 2015. The Centre is owned by Carlisle City Council and run by Botcherby Community Association, a Charitable Company. This film brings together key staff and colleagues who experienced the devastation to the centre on both occasions, looks at how the Centre recovered each time and poses the question what happens if it floods again?

Business Continuity Planning for Voluntary & Community Groups

There are some really simple steps that you could take to increase the chances of your business surviving an emergency.
• Gain an understanding of your business
• Access risks
• Evaluate potential continuity arrangements
• Develop your continuity plan(s)
Further information here: Emergency planning cumbria – business-continuity

Emergency Planning: Adults with learning disabilities

Cumbria CVS worked with local support group 2enableU to highlight the need to think about emergency situations both in and outside the home, how we can best plan in case of emergency and who is there if we need help.

Preparing for Emergencies


About the National Lottery – Community Fund
It’s the largest funder of community activity in the UK. It puts people in the lead to improve their lives and communities, often through small, local projects. It is responsible for giving out 40% of the money raised by National Lottery players for good causes. Since June 2004 it has awarded over £8 billion to projects that change the lives of millions of people