It's widely accepted that good partnership working is key to engaging flood risk communities to reduce flood risks, increase resilience and improve flood recovery. However, what is good partnership working? What does it look like in practice? The SFF put these questions to Fiona Work from Edzell Flood Group and Resilience Officer Steve Blyth from Angus Council.
Fiona says: "Community resilience flood groups can find the mixed definitions of partnership working confusing and this can lead to an approach where authorities lead and the community follows. Yet, there is a rich vein of passion within flood groups who wish to make change happen and take on responsibilities to create solutions to local issues"
Steve says: "Good partnership working is about respecting that each partner will have specific goals and drivers, especially those of volunteers who will be investing their own time and may need extra support. Respect for each other means we are more likely to achieve mutual goals rather than one that favours one partner and could fail at the first sign of trouble".
The SFF's good practice tip for partnership working is: "Passion has its place. Passion is a motivator and when used correctly it will inspire partners to contribute and get involved in the collective goals of flood risk communities.".