Exploring Community Resilience

The Fiery Spirits Community of Practice has launched a new handbook packed with inspiring stories about how communities are preparing for and coping through difficult times.

Beginning with Cumbria's experience from the floods of November 2009, the book takes the reader on a journey from remote Scottish communities to inner city London, and from New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina to Ireland after the credit crunch.

The book "Exploring Community Resilience" is produced by a network of community activists, professionals and policy makers which is supported by Carnegie UK Trust. The network is run by its members who use the website www.fieryspirits.com and face-to-face events to support each other building more resilient, vibrant communities.  At its heart is a new framework for understanding community resilience, presented as a ‘compass' to navigate the topic, while challenging communities to examine whether they have covered all the points they need to on the compass. 

Carnegie UK Trust Chief Executive, Martyn Evans, says this is a practical guide to help bring the issue out of theory into practice:

"Exploring Community Resilience" is about inspiring communities across the UK and Ireland - and beyond - to plan for their futures.  It is about seeing how people and businesses can work together to improve their chances of coping with challenges that might otherwise damage their economy, their environment and the wellbeing of their people. The handbook offers practical approaches based on real experience."

The book is available free of charge for online viewing at www.fieryspirits.com <http://www.fieryspirits.com/>  - and a limited number of printed copies are available to purchase from the same link for £12.50 (inc. p&p). 

For more information, contact http://www.scdc.org.uk/media/mercurytide/admin/js/tiny_mce/nick@carnegieuk.org - and follow updates on twitter @comresilience