District council appoints link worker to liase with communities

Flooding damage in Reeth. Photo: Guy Carpenter.

Richmondshire District Council has appointed a flood recovery link worker to liaise with affected communities.

The council says Sarah Holbird is a member of their flood recovery coordination team.

Officials say she will aim to provide a direct link between services / support / partner organisations and residents affected, including those who are currently unable to return to their homes as a result of the flood.

Sarah is a designated point of contact to ensure that residents affected by the flooding:

  • Are supported and have access to support and services they need including council services, support services and wider health and wellbeing services
  • Have access to up to date information
  • Able to access advocacy and advice as needed
  • Are able to access advice and information on sources of funding, help and support

Sarah can be contacted on 01748 901016 or by email at flood.recovery@richmondshire.gov.uk.

A council spokesperson said: “This role does not replace or duplicate existing provision.

“Instead, it complements it through a joined up, multi-disciplinary approach to ensure there is sufficient capacity and support for those affected by the flooding to access the support, information and services they need to enable recovery from the flooding.”