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Rural Community Development

Posted by Administrator : Thursday 8th October 2015

Parish Plans and other community participation exercises can provide rural communities with the opportunity of deciding how they want their community to develop in the future. CCB can help in the process by providing expertise. Parish Plans are usually led by the parish council but ideally should involve all sections of the community.  Knowing where you are now and where you want to be in the future provides a focus to the community and is usually a requirement for securing external funding.

CCB plays a vital role in numerous partnership projects which enhance rural community life. These have included:

The Down lands Conference – a regular event in West Berkshire which CCB helps to facilitate. It brings together representatives of the statutory sector, business and local communities to discuss the future of our local rural heritage.

Rural transport schemes – we work with providers and the community to keep the countryside moving.

Community Arts Projects, Mobile Information Services and Parenting Initiatives

Rural Networks – CCB’s Rural Networks Project has supported three local Neighbourhood Forum projects, in Theale, Hungerford and Pangbourne & District.

As the Countryside Agency’s primary partner for the rural community, CCB plays an important link role in helping rural communities access funding. We also help to shape public policy by commenting on government documents such as Rural White Papers, as well as working with our local authorities to enhance the well being in rural areas.

Specific community projects have been undertaken to identify and combat social exclusion and rural disadvantage. These have led to the development of community groups for retired people in Wokingham and in West Berkshire.

Rural Supported Housing Project. This was a three year project which aimed to help tackle the problem of homelessness among young people.

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