Flood victims to help new research project

MORPETH’S flood victims are being invited to share their experiences for a new research project.

The British Red Cross is carrying out a detailed study into the needs and resilience of communities affected by floods.

It is using a combination of traditional research methods and community-based, participatory research techniques to measure what people require before, during and after a deluge occurs.

The researchers are looking to have discussions with relevant residents either by telephone or as part of a focus group.

Project supervisor Alison McNulty said: “We are asking flood victims in Morpeth for their help in ensuring that our study is focusing on the most important aspects of flood recovery and to help us to ask the right questions.

“The aim of our project is to understand how people are affected by floods and how best to support them during and afterwards.

“Specifically, the study aims to identify the needs of those affected by floods and the range of services that need to be in place before, during, and after flooding occurs to help communities to cope in the aftermath of a deluge.

“The results from this project, including findings from national focus groups, questionnaires and interviews, will help the British Red Cross and the voluntary and statutory sectors more widely to anticipate the needs of those affected by flooding and help to plan flood recovery work.”

The project team will also have a meeting with representatives from the Morpeth Flood Action Group as well as with community organisations that were heavily involved in recovery schemes following the September 2008 flood — these include Morpeth Lions Club, Morpeth Rotary Club and Morpeth Churches Together.

For more information, or to volunteer to take part in the project, telephone Kurtis Garbutt on 0207 8777100 or email kgarbutt@redcross.org.uk