We have organised a number of conferences around specific topics and information and presentations from these are available here.



Friday 7th July 2017 

Rural Housing Week Conference: 
Delivering the Ambition

Scheduled at the end of the Rural Housing Week 2017 this conference will explore the exciting 5-star plan which will demonstrate the ambition of housing associations to contribute to a living, working countryside.

You can download the agenda and booking form for the event here



Tuesday 28th February 2017 

Rural Health Conference 2017 - Prevention through Participation: A Whole Population Approach to Improving Health Outcomes

National Audit Office, London SW1W 9SP

For more details click here



Tuesday 6th September and Wednesday 7th September 2016

RSN Rural Conference 2016 - "Survival of the Fittest – Making the Most of the Rural Productivity Plan"

The Park, University of Gloucestershire, Cheltenham GL50 2RH

For more details click here



Tuesday 12th July 2016 

National Rural Housing Conference 2016 - "Innovating and inspiring, why we need affordable rural homes"

Holborn Bars, London, EC1N 2NQ

For more details click here



Rural Health Conference 2016:                                                   
"Challenging Times – A new Dimension?" Working together to deliver effective rural health services

Friday 29th January 2016, House of Lords, Committee Room 4A, London SW1A 0PW

To view the information and presentations from the day click here



Rural Conference 2015: Aspiration to Action...The Rural Manifesto

The RSN Rural Conference 2015 has been announced and will be held on Tuesday 8th and Wednesday 9th September 2015 at the Park Campus, Cheltenham - by kind permission of the University of Gloucestershire.

For more information about the event which includes Conference Programme and a booking form click here



National Rural Housing Conference 2015

Thursday 9 July 2015
House of Lords, Westminster

Following the success of the Rural Housing Alliance inaugural 2014 conference in Cheltenham, the 2015 conference aims to highlight the issues and potential solutions for rural affordable housing at the heart of Westminster. This will be a fantastic opportunity to hear and debate some of the key problems and answers to the rural housing question.

For more information about the event which includes Conference Programme and a booking form click here



LGA/RSN Annual Rural Conference 2014: Sustainability out of Austerity

This year we jointly organised the LGA/ RSN Rural Conference which was held in Chester on 9th September.
The event brought together around 90 delegates from the world of Local Government with an interest in rural issues.
Dan Rogerson MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Water, Forestry, Rural Affairs and Resource Management at DEFRA was the keynote speaker.

For further information from the event click here



Rural Housing National Conference 2014

Marking the beginning of the new partnership between the Rural Housing Alliance and the Rural Services Network, this national event formed the launchpad for a renewed focus on rural housing across England with a keynote speech from HRH The Princess Royal.
The morning session was chaired by Sir Peter Dixon, President of English Rural Housing Association and the afternoon was chaired by Councillor Cecilia Motley, Chair of the Rural Services Network.
A diverse range of presentations were given reflecting a series of key issues facing rural housing.

For further information and presentations from the event click here



Rural Health Conference 2013

"Challenging Times - One Year On"
Working together to deliver effective rural health services

Following our inaugural event, held in 2012 in Nottingham, this year’s Rural Health Network conference was sponsored by Devon County Council in Exeter. The programme majored on the potential efficiencies and benefits to patients and carers from the opportunities arising from telehealth and telecare applications and current issues in respect of rural health. The conference was very warmly received by many delegates with most describing the day as excellent.
Proceedings were chaired by Graham Stuart, Member of Parliament for Beverley & Holderness and co-founder of the Rural Fair Share campaign.  Mr. Stuart is also the Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Rural Services.
Keynote presentations were provided during the day by eminent professionals and academics from a range of clinical and other backgrounds. The second part of the day was devoted to participative workshops demonstrating best practice and insights in to current professional challenges around rural proofing and funding allocations.a

For further information and presentations from the event click here



Rural Health Conference 2012

Challenging Times - Working together to deliver effective rural health services

For further information and presentations from the event click here

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