Power to the People- how a disaster can Trigger community Development

The Response is a 30 minute film made by the team at and looks at what happened when Hurricane Maria struck Puerto Rico in 2017. What began as an impromptu community kitchen meant to help feed survivors in the town of Caguas quickly grew into an island-wide network of mutual aid centres (Centros de Apoyo Mutuo). You can watch a trailer for the film here.

The Voluntary Norfolk Communities Team are hosting a series of online screenings of the film (The Response: How Puerto Ricans are restoring Power to the People) followed by an informal discussion about mutual aid, harnessing community spirit and how to build resilience in the wake of a crisis.

To book a place please follow the Eventbrite links below.

Thursday January 28th 4pm – 5.30pm on Zoom:

Thursday February 4th 4pm – 5.30pm on Zoom:

Thursday February 11th 4pm – 5.30pm on Zoom:

Who is the event for?

This screening and discussion is an opportunity to reflect on the spontaneous community response in Puerto Rico and relate it to our own experiences of community during the current pandemic. This event is open to anyone who has an interest in community development, in either a professional or voluntary capacity.  Screenings will have a limited numbers of participants to create a friendly informal environment for conversations and networking. 

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