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National Consortium for Societal Resilience [UK+]

The National Consortium for Societal Resilience [UK+], abbreviated to NCSR+, was established 'to enhance the UK[+] whole-of-society approach to resilience, so that individuals, community groups, businesses, and organisations can all play a meaningful part in building the resilience of our society'.

The NCSR+ was founded and is co-chaired by Alliance Manchester Business School and Thames Valley Local Resilience Forum (LRF).

The NCSR+ involves 60 organisations that are central to building resilience in the UK[+]. These organisations represent:

  • Resilience partnerships: These are the multi-agency collaborations that address local risk, vulnerability, and preparedness for disruptive events. Resilience partnerships in the NCSR+ include:
    • 36 of England’s 38 Local Resilience Forums
    • 3 of Northern Ireland’s 3 Emergency Preparedness Groups
    • 2 of Scotland’s 3 Regional Resilience Partnerships
    • 2 of Wales’ 4 Local Resilience Forums
    • governments from the Crown Dependencies of Guernsey, Jersey, and the Isle of Man which, along with others, contribute as the ‘+’ in NCSR+
  • Sector partners: These are the organisations that have strong local connections and can amplify the voice of their constituencies. Sector partners in the NCSR+ include:
    • business sector: larger organisations (BiTC), small businesses (Federation of Small Businesses)
    • voluntary sector: collections of national charities (VCSEP), large charities (British Red Cross), hyper-local voluntary organisations (NAVCA, Salford CVS, Cumbria CVS)
    • government sector: Environment Agency, whole-system national perspectives (Northern Ireland Executive, Scottish Government, Welsh Government), local government capabilities that are not normally in the space of resilience to disruptive events (Local Government Association)
    • academic sector is represented to support evidence-led practice through The University of Manchester providing theory, research skills, and thought leadership to underpin local action
  • Community: The individuals, neighbourhoods, businesses, and organisations that share a characteristic such as being co-located. The voice of local communities is initially represented through the relationships that resilience partnerships and sector partners have with their communities, but this will deepen as the consortium matures.

The NCSR+ members work with local communities to reduce risks at source, understand changes in vulnerabilities, and enhance levels of preparedness for emergencies. But, such planning needs strong collaboration because disruptive events affect people differently and cross local boundaries so relationships are key. This involves collaborating with local communities of all shapes, sizes, and cohesiveness with the view that every individual, community group, business, and organisation can benefit from becoming more resilient. 

Local government and voluntary organisations have long been discussing how to renew their efforts on community resilience. This includes how to build a cohesive, risk-aware, and prepared society that works with partners to enhance local resilience. This ambition was written into The Integrated Review of Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy (‘The IR’) which outlined new intentions on whole-of-society resilience.  

To operationalise these national intentions into local systems the NCSR+ will actively listen to governments to understand their direction on whole-of-society resilience. This requires research to understand how to operationalise policy, beginning with the components and enablers of good practice, and including building new partnerships, listening to communities, co-producing resilience, facilitating grassroots activity, and enhancing skills in resilience partnerships and sector partners.

Consortium partners

Members of the NCSR+ represent more than 96% of the UK population through the local governments that serve them and their sector partners, including: 

NAVCA
Navca
Salford-cvs
Salford CVS
Cumbria CVS
Cumbria CVS
University of Manchester
University of Manchester
Business In The Community logo
Business in the Community
british red cross logo
British Red Cross
VCSEP logo
VCS Emergencies Partnership
Environment Agency
Environment Agency
local government association logo
Local Government Association
The Federation of Small Businesses
The Federation of Small Businesses
Cumbria
Cumbria
Greater Manchester
Greater Manchester
Lancashire
Lancashire
Merseyside
Merseyside
Humber
Humber
North Yorkshire
North Yorkshire
South Yorkshire
South Yorkshire
West Yorkshire
West Yorkshire
Cleveland
Cleveland
Durham and Darlington
Durham & Darlington
Northumbria
Northumbria
Staffordshire
Staffordshire
Warwickshire
Warwickshire
West Mercia
West Mercia
West Midlands
West Midlands
Derbyshire
Derby & Derbyshire
Leicestershire
Leicestershire
Lincolnshire
Lincolnshire
Northamptonshire
Northamptonshire
Nottinghamshire
Nottingham and Nottinghamshire
Bedfordshire
Bedfordshire & Luton
Cambridgeshire
Cambridgeshire & Peterborough
Essex Resilience Forum
Essex
Norfolk
Norfolk
Suffolk
Suffolk
Avon and Somerset
Avon & Somerset
Dorset
Dorset
Devon
Devon, Cornwall & IoS
Gloucestershire
Gloucestershire
Wiltshire
Wiltshire & Swindon
Hampshire
Hampshire & IoW
Kent
Kent
Surrey
Surrey
Sussex
Sussex
Thames Valley
Thames Valley
London
London
Belfast Emergency Preparedness Group
Belfast Emergency Preparedness Group
Northern Emergency Preparedness Group
Northern Emergency Preparedness Group
Southern Emergency Preparedness Group
Southern Emergency Preparedness Group
Northern Ireland Executive
Northern Ireland Executive 
West of Scotland RRP
West of Scotland RRP
North of Scotland RRP
North of Scotland RRP
 
Scottish Government
Scottish Government
Dyfed-Powys LRF
Dyfed-Powys LRF
Gwent LRF
Gwent LRF
 
Wales resilience logo
Welsh Government
Guernsey
Guernsey
Jersey
Jersey
Isle of Man Government
Isle of Man Government

Co-Chairs

duncan shaw profile
Professor Duncan Shaw Professor of Operational Research and Critical Systems
Duncan's profile
Ben from Thames Valley Local Resilience Forum
Ben Axelsen Thames Valley LRF
Ben's profile