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Communities matter when it comes to looking out for and looking after everyone who lives there.

Often, during the most demanding situations that affect us all, communities come together to support and offer help to those who need it most.

That is the idea behind Community Emergency Hubs. In this place, the community can go for help and support. It would be maintained by community groups and volunteers interested in the resilience of their communities.

Falkirk Council is joining with the Scottish Community Development Centre and other emergency responders to be on hand at a drop-in session next week.

The purpose of the session is to show how groups can link in with emergency responders to help their communities and improve any response to a situation.

The session is being held at Camelon Education Centre on 17 March between 11am - 4pm and is open to anyone from any local community across the Falkirk Council area. Refreshments will be provided.

You will be able to speak to representatives freely about what resources, information and training could be available.

Councillor Stacey Devine, Falkirk Council’s spokesperson for Public Protection explained: “We have seen in recent situations such as the ‘Beast from the East’ and throughout Covid-19 that communities are at the heart of supporting groups and individuals experiencing difficult times.

“Community Emergency Hubs are a way of bringing the resources available from responders such as Falkirk Council and many others in to support existing community work to respond and get through a crisis.”

For more information on the Hubs visit the Falkirk Council resilience webpages and the SCDC event page.