About Us

The Cornwall Community Flood Forum (CCFF) is a community-led initiative committed to supporting communities, households and businesses at risk of flooding.

We are currently a ‘Members Association’ comprising Town and Parish Councils, community groups, businesses and individuals with an active involvement in flood risk management, but have recently formed a ‘Charitable Incorporated Organisation’ (CIO).  We are here to promote partnership working within flood risk management and support communities before, during and after flooding.  Please note that whilst Cornwall Council actively supports our aims and objectives, and kindly host the CCFF web pages, we have no formal link with the Council.

On 17 November 2010 widespread flooding was experienced throughout mid Cornwall. More than 300 households and businesses were affected. The extent of the flooding took in 15 communities including Portloe, Mevagissey, Pentewan, St Austell, St Blazey, Lostwithiel and Altarnun.

Following the floods Cornwall Council and the Environment Agency established two Flood Recovery Groups which met monthly to oversee the recovery stage and involve the communities in the process. One group covered the Pentewan, Mevagissey and Polmassick area while the other included Lostwithiel, Par, St Blazey, Tregrehan and St Austell Bay. These groups fed back via their Chairs to a strategic Steering Group represented by Cornwall Council, the Environment Agency and South West Water.

Through the Flood Recovery Groups community newsletters were issued, community flood groups were established, significant improvements were made to the flood infrastructure and eligible properties received individual property protection funding.

Rather than dissolve the Flood Recovery Groups it was decided that the knowledge, skills and experience should be retained to assist other communities in Cornwall and maintain an ongoing focus on flood risk. In October 2011 a constitution was drawn up to create an association in the name of the Cornwall Community Flood Forum.

Rather than dissolve the Flood Recovery Groups it was decided that the knowledge, skills and experience should be retained to assist other communities in Cornwall and maintain an ongoing focus on flood risk. In October 2011 a constitution was drawn up to create an association in the name of the Cornwall Community Flood Forum.

In January 2012 a bank account was opened with start up funding from Cornwall Council, South West Water and UK Flood Barriers Ltd and was then further enhanced by a £10,000 National Lottery ‘Awards for All’ grant to support the formation, training and equipping of flood groups in the areas affected by the 2010 floods.

In June 2013, Cornwall Council successfully secured a £238,000 Flood Resilience Pathfinder project funded by Defra, choosing the CCFF as its partner for the delivery of the project.  A significant aspect of the funding was allocated to ensure the development and sustainability of the CCFF itself, along with supporting its on-going work to establish and train community flood groups throughout Cornwall’s at risk communities.  The Pathfinder project ran until March 2015 and was seen as one of the most successful of the 13 x Pathfinders run nationally. 

The Pathfinder provided the CCFF with the resources, including the services of a paid officer, to further develop.  It also enabled the CCFF to develop a ‘Toolkit’ of support for communities which included a training resource for community volunteers that quickly established itself as an example of ‘best practice’ nationally.  It also provided sufficient funding for the CCFF to continue to employ the part-time services of an officer and move towards becoming a CIO. 

During 2015 we worked closely with Groundwork South, Cornwall College and the Environment Agency to secure a £500,000 National Lottery ‘Reaching Communities’ grant.  This project, led by Groundwork South, will further develop our community volunteer training resources on a regional level, with a view to this becoming a nationally available resource.

On 19 April 2016, the CCFF CIO came into existence and work is currently underway to transfer the membership and assets of the CCFF Association to the new charity before the CCFF Association can be wound up.

Timeline

  • 17 November 2010 – Mid Cornwall floods, 300 properties affected
  • October 2011 – The constitution was agreed and the Flood Recovery Groups resolved to meet as the Cornwall Community Flood Forum
  • January 2012 – Bank account opened
  • June 2012 – Awards For All, England, grant awarded
  • 21 September 2012 – First Annual Conference, St Austell
  • 19 October 2012 – First Management Board meeting
  • June 2013 to March 2015 – Cornwall Community Flood Resilience Pathfinder
  • 19 April 2016 – The Cornwall Community Flood Forum Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) is registered with the Charity Commission. 

The Cornwall Community Flood Forum has an interest in all flood related activities within Cornwall. We are guided in particular by the following aims:

  1. Support communities in becoming better prepared
  2. Raise flood awareness within Cornwall
  3. Promote partnership approach to flood risk management and community engagement

The stated objectives of the CCFF CIO (Registered Charity 1166604) are: For the benefit of the community, the preservation of human life and property and for the benefit of the environment to provide, preserve, maintain, restore and/or improve flood defences and flood protection measures and flood damage remediation in particular in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

The Management Board of the Members Association consists of individuals who either possess skills in flood risk management or an enthusiasm to make a difference locally.  The committee also includes representatives from our key partners; Cornwall Council (as Lead Flood Authority), the Environment Agency and South West Water.

  • Luci Issacson, (Hon. Chair),Director, Climate Vision Ltd
  • Cllr Roy Taylor, (Hon. Treasurer), Cornwall Councillor, St Blaise
  • Martin Eddy, (Hon. Secretary)
  • Martin Clemo, Principal Environment Projects and Technical Officer, Cornwall Council
  • Emma-Rose Herrera, Flood Resilience Team Leader (Devon and Cornwall), Environment Agency
  • Mike Galligan, Operations Manager (Cornwall), South West Water
  • Dr Jenny Moore, Chair – Par Neighbourhood Plan
  • Cllr Kevin Hughes, Towendack Parish Council
  • Cllr Lindsey Southcombe, Truro City Council
  • Cllr Janet Lockyer, St Ewe Parish Council
  • Cllr Clive Polkinghorne, Hayle Town Council

The Cornwall Community Flood Forum currently employs one part-time staff member who is hosted by the Cornwall Rural Community Charity:

  • Martyn Alvey, Community Flood Resilience Manager

The founding trustees of the CCFF CIO are:

  • Luci Issacson, (Hon. Chair)
  • Cllr Roy Taylor, (Hon. Treasurer)
  • Martin Eddy, (Hon. Secretary)
  • Dr Jenny Moore
  • Cllr Kevin Hughes
  • Cllr Lindsey Southcombe
  • Cllr Janet Lockyer
  • Cllr Clive Polkinghorne

In addition to our trustees, appropriate Officers from Cornwall Council, the Environment Agency and South West Water will continue to attend meetings in an advisory capacity. 

Become a CCFF Trustee.

Membership is open to all Town and Parish Councils, community flood groups, individuals and businesses within Cornwall. It is also open to all organisations with an interest in flood risk management.

Membership to the Cornwall Community Flood Forum is FREE.  For further information please contact: martyn.alvey@cornwallrcc.org.uk  

The Cornwall Community Flood Forum is formally constituted as an association. Please use the link below to download a copy of our current constitution.

The Cornwall Community Flood Forum CIO is governed by a separate constitution which has been approved by the Charity Commission.

The Forum occasionally has information about limited funds that can be used to support the setting up and equipping of Community Flood Groups. We may also be able to provide limited assistance to help established groups support their most vulnerable residents.

The Cornwall Community Flood Forum exists thanks to the time given freely by its Members and Partners. Funding for projects has been gratefully received from: