The aim of the Pathfinder II Project is to facilitate community-led improvements in resilience and preparedness amongst 30 communities who are at risk of surface water flooding in Northamptonshire. This is a three year project (2016 – 2019) and is funded by the Anglian Northern Regional Flood and Coastal Committee. The communities benefit from a flood survey by a civil engineer which produces a maintenance plan, community engagement events, flood warden training and support in developing their emergency plans.
Change Agents UK has provided support and opportunities for training which have been invaluable. I found the online workshops available through the Change Agents Academy especially worthwhile and use the skills I learnt in many aspects of my role.
My role in the project includes mapping flood risk, analysing data and engaging with communities. I am in constant communication with communities and partners to ensure the project is as successful as possible.
I have had the opportunity to meet lots of interesting people and have learnt so much from the people I work with. I have had a lot of support and advice from both the county council and Change Agents UK.
We now have nineteen communities signed up to take part in the Project, more than we were expecting to have at this stage. We have redesigned the emergency plan templates and run sessions on flooding and emergencies in Pathfinder primary schools. The community engagement events have been really successful and we have signed up 21 flood wardens and given out over 150 emergency plan templates. We are going to continue recruiting more communities, more flood wardens and more community members to be involved in the project.