MAJOR BOOST TO THE CAMPAIGN FOR A RURAL STRATEGY:
The Independent Food, Farming & Countryside Commission hosted by the RSA in its report launched on Tuesday 16th July ‘Our Future in the Land’ has added its voice to the calls by the RSN and the House of Lords Select Committee for a comprehensive Rural Strategy (more to follow)
We can provide a one-stop-shop for rural services through our extensive network of rural service providers and our lobbying and campaigning expertise.
Each member has a dedicated place on the website that highlights their approach and best experience in relation to the delivery of rural services in England.
Each member is given an RSP logo to promote the fact they are an active member of the RSP.
The weekly bulletin covers topical issues affecting rural England, including: health, transport, youth, older people, housing and economy. The Bulletin reaches over 25,000 recipients each week, including over 140 local authorities.
There is also an opportunity to include a feature about your organisation in the topical publication the Rural Spotlight, which has a weekly focus on current rural topics. The Spotlight could reach as many as 25,000 people per week.
To campaign for better rural services through the 66 strong cross-party member group from both Houses, the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Rural Services. This service will provide an opportunity to influence both regional and central government policy impacting on rural areas.
Through a series of topical sub groups, rural issues are considered in more detail and their outcomes help to inform the provision of better rural services, in particular for vulnerable groups.
England’s only annual Rural Conference focusing on rural services which provides a forum to discuss topical issues affecting rural communities, businesses and service providers. A chance to network, benefit from best practice and learn from experts and likeminded community activists on how to address vulnerability issues in rural England. Conference fees are reduced for RSP members.
Six seminars are held each year throughout England, the subject areas vary according to the current topics that members wish to debate.
We are working with professional bodies to seek Continuing Professional Development (CPD) accreditation for those who attend the Rural Seminars.
A monthly round up of grant and funding opportunities for rural organisations.
A biennial report prepared by Rural England, Community Interest Company. The report presents the most recent evidence and trends regarding the provision of services in rural England. It covers nine service areas, which are: local buses and community transport, welfare services, access to cash, further education, the retail sector, mental health services, older people’s services, public health services and community assets. The next report will be published in 2019.
The Observatory opens the window to a statistical review of rural life. It provides an analysis and commentary on the key services provisions and issues affecting rural communities utilising publicly available statistics. A very useful source of data to inform funding bids and lobbying campaigns.
To gauge opinions on rural issues and working from case studies, best practice and experience providing a consensus, a ‘rural voice’, which can lobby and inform much needed rural research. We currently have Sounding Boards for:
The annual meeting will work to key rural policy documents including the State of Rural Services Reports, Rural Development Strategies and Government draft policies. Furthermore, you will also be able to attend the Rural Assembly meetings, alongside colleagues from local government, to share best practice and to network with likeminded organisations. The Rural Assembly meetings take place twice a year in London.
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