Tag Archives: Rural

Have your say: embracing the contribution and needs of rural communities in Big Society

At a time when organisations and individuals are encouraged to have greater involvement in the running of public services as part of the Government’s Big Society initiative, there are concerns that many organisations are experiencing or facing funding cuts including in rural England. The Commission for Rural Communities (CRC) would like to hear your views and [...]

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Free support for community owned food businesses from Making Local Food Work

Making Local Food Work are currently offering free specialist support to any existing community-owned, local food businesses.  They are also offering a Skillshare service which gives peer to peer learning via mentoring or study visits.  The Making Local Food Work website provides more detail: Making Local Food Work can help community food enterprises across England [...]

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Help “grow your own” local services

The Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) is funded by the European Union (EU) and the Government to support a wide range of activitites in rural areas. The Community And Social Enterprise fund is a £7m funding stream within the RDPE to support voluntary and community organisations to become more self-financing and sustainable through the [...]

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State of the countryside 2010 report now available for download

The Commission for Rural Communities has today published the ‘State of the Countryside 2010′ report.  The report provides an up to date picture of rural England, with evidence of the circumstances of people living and working in rural areas drawn from analysis using the latest official statistics. From the website: The report provides a comprehensive [...]

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Plunkett Foundation to review rural social enterprises

Defra and the Office for Civil Society have commissioned the Plunkett Foundation to review the economic, social and environmental impacts of rural social enterprise in England. The research and development project will collect evidence on the contributions made by social enterprises to rural communities.  It will be used to inform the understanding of Defra and [...]

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Huw Irranca-Davies visits Berrynarbor Community Shop

L to R: Huw Irranca-Davies MP, Lucy Findlay (CEO RiSE), Alex Parke (Chair), Anita Abott (shop manageress), Pamela Parke (Committee member and publicity manager), David Fisher (Plunkett) On Tuesday (2/3/10), as part of a wider tour of the area, Defra’s Third Sector Minister, Huw Irranca Davies visited Berrynarbor Community Shop on the western edge of [...]

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Rural Communities – the right to try

This event will be held on 27 January 2010 at the Cavendish Conference Centre, London and will explore a specific and practical proposition to return power to rural communities: the Right to Try. If a village shop is threatened with closure, the community should have the right to try to replace it before it is [...]

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Carnegie launch Rural Manifesto

Image credit: Carnegie UK Trust (from the Rural Manifesto Report published today) The experiences of pioneering rural communities in championing sustainable lifestyles can inspire neighbourhoods everywhere according to a report published today by the Carnegie UK Trust, building on evidence gathered through a collaboration with Big Lottery Fund and forty-four organisations and communities on the front [...]

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Community-owned shops – Third Sector steps in where the private sector struggles

We met this week with our Social Enterprise Strategic Partners and our discussions focussed on how we might raise awareness across Defra of the role social enterprises play in the delivery of the Defra’s strategic objectives. We talked about the many examples there are of this but one struck a particular chord with me. Sarah [...]

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