North Berwick Community Resilience

organised by North Berwick Community Council

Who are we?

The North Berwick Community Emergency Resilience Plan was developed by North Berwick Community Council in partnership with the community and the Resilient Communities Team at East Lothian Council. It is there for emergencies where statutory and voluntary services need extra help and support. We use the plan to identify the risks faced by people across our community, in particular people who are most at risk, and to mobilise community volunteers and resources.

We have a Community Emergency Coordinator for the plan who draws together a team of volunteers who set up and deliver the emergency plan. The plan is in place until services are able to manage again.

The Emergency Resilience Plan was most recently enacted just prior to the whole country entering lockdown in March 2020, following the outbreak of COVID-19. In line with shielding requirements, the Emergency Plan stood down on July 31st. If you still need help, you can find details of who to contact by clicking here.

This website will remain active and be used again during future emergency situations.

Letter from the Chairman

On behalf of North Berwick Community Council, I would like to thank everyone who has helped our efforts over the past 4 months volunteering and supporting North Berwick Resilience Group. We would particularly like to thank the volunteers who helped to make up the Community Emergency Responce Team. The CER team have each given hundreds of hours of their own spare time to help people in North Berwick particularly during lockdown but continuously whilst shielders have remained indoors.

Our Emergency Plan was set up to deal primarily with floods or snow storms. It tended to involve bringing people together and really, prepared us for the exact opposite of a viral pandemic. As a Community of volunteers, we had to learn a lot quickly, NBCC are incredibly proud of what was achieved and in awe of everyone who helped. On a personal note, the number of people we have helped and all the different ways we went about this, is something I will never forget being part of.

The Resilience Team will officially stand down today (July 31st), in line with shielding. We will no longer be buying food and delivering shopping, prescriptions or providing a weekly update in the Courier and delivering hundreds of these throughout the town. However, some of our work will continue, for example, the stitchers will continue making face coverings which will be available from the Community Centre and we hope to widen our technology project which saw computer tablets being given to vulnerable groups. We believe that the work we have begun through the pandemic has helped form a more inclusive North Berwick and we will work to maintain and strengthen that.

Thank you for being such an amazing community and we hope that in the not too distant future, we can all come together again.

Thank you,

Judy Lockhart