The Rural Services Network encompasses a wide range of partners and organisations who all work together to help provide a voice for rural communities.
We are a Special Interest Group of the Local Government Association and this comprises our Sparse Rural grouping of the most rural Local Authorities in England and the Rural Assembly, our wider group of authorities including those who may also have significant rural areas. We work with 152 Local Authorities in total. We have groups meeting on Rural Health and Care and Rural Economy matters and we operate (new this year) six (free) Regional Meetings/Seminars.
The figures below give an indication of the numbers of organisations involved with the Rural Services Network.
117 Sparse Rural Local Authority members (financial issues)
140 Rural Assembly Local authority members
143 Rural Services Partnership members
13 Fire and Rescue Service Group members
9,000+ Community Group members (mainly parish councils and local organisations)
35 Rural England Research Stakeholder Group members (working with Rural England CIC)
30 Rural England Supporters organisations -often Utility Companies. (working with Rural England CIC)
25 Uk Policy and Practitioners Research Group members (working with Rural England CIC)
15 Rural Housing Association network members
102 Rural Health Network members
149 Members on a Principal Councillors Sounding Board
320 Members on a Parish Council Sounding Board
24,000+ Members belong to the network
Local Authority Members (140)
Sparse Rural & Rural Assembly members (117)
Allerdale, Ashford, Babergh, Boston, Braintree, Breckland, Cherwell, Cheshire East, Chichester, Copeland, Cornwall, Cotswold, County Durham, Craven, Cumbria, Daventry, Derbyshire, Derbyshire Dales, Devon, Dorset, East Cambridgeshire, East Devon, East Hertfordshire, East Lindsey, East Northamptonshire, East Riding of Yorkshire, East Sussex, Eden, Essex, Folkestone and Hythe, Forest Heath, Forest of Dean, Hambleton, Hampshire, Harborough, Harrogate, Herefordshire, Horsham, Huntingdonshire, Isle of Wight, King's Lynn and West Norfolk, Lancashire, Leicestershire, Lewes, Lichfield, Lincolnshire, Malvern Hills, Melton, Mendip, Mid Devon, Mid Suffolk, Mid Sussex, New Forest, Newark and Sherwood, Norfolk, North Devon, North Dorset, North Kesteven, North Lincolnshire, North Norfolk, North Somerset, North Warwickshire, North West Leicestershire, North Yorkshire, Northamptonshire, Northumberland, Nottinghamshire, Purbeck, Ribble Valley, Richmondshire, Rother, Rugby, Rutland, Ryedale, Scarborough, Sedgemoor, Selby, Sevenoaks, Shropshire, Somerset, South Cambridgeshire, South Derbyshire, South Hams, South Holland, South Kesteven
South Lakeland, South Norfolk, South Northamptonshire, South Oxfordshire, South Somerset, South Staffordshire, St Edmundsbury, Stafford, Staffordshire, Stratford-on-Avon, Stroud, Suffolk, Suffolk Coastal, Tandridge, Taunton Deane, Teignbridge, Tewkesbury, Torridge, Tunbridge Wells, Uttlesford, Vale of White Horse, Warwickshire, Waveney, Wealden, West Devon, West Dorset, West Lindsey, West Oxfordshire, West Somerset, West Sussex, Worcestershire, Wychavon
Rural Assembly members only (23)
Barnsley, Bassetlaw, Bath and North East Somerset, Blaby, Bromsgrove, Calderdale, Canterbury, Chorley, Gateshead, Gedling, Guildford, Hinckley and Bosworth, Lancaster, Oxfordshire, Rotherham, Solihull, Sunderland, Surrey, Telford and Wrekin, Warwick, Wokingham, Wycombe, York
Rural Services Partnership Members (137)
Abingdon Risk Consulting, Able Community Care, ACRE (Action with Communities in Rural England), Action Hampshire, Alzheimer's Society, Age UK, APSE (Assn Public Service Excellence), Arts Council England, Aster Group, BASC (British Assn for Shooting & Conservation), Bipolar UK, Blackdown Support Group, Broadacre Housing Association, Bromford, Bus Users UK, CAfS (Cumbria Action for Sustainability), Calor Ltd, Campaign For Better Transport, c.co, Citizens Advice, Chichester in Partnership, Cirencester Housing, Connexus, Cornwall Rural Housing Association Limited, Countryside Alliance, Dartmoor National Park, Diocese of Blackburn, Dispensing Doctors' Association, Eden Housing Association, English Rural Housing Association, Exmoor National Park, EYMS Group Limited, Farming Community Network (FCN), Federation of Women's Institute, FirstGroup plc, Foundation for Social Improvement, Germinate (Arthur Rank Centre), Gigaclear, Hastoe Housing Association Ltd, Housing Plus Group, iED (Institue of Economic Development), Institute of Mental Health, Karbon Homes, Landex (x 52 colleges), Lincs Rural Housing Association, Living Memories C.I.C, Locality, Midlands Rural Housing, National Association of Local Councils, National Care Forum (NCF), National Housing Federation, National Pensioners Convention, National Youth Agency, NFU (National Farmers Union), Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service, NRTF (National Rural Touring Forum), OALC (Oxfordshire Association of Local Councils), Openreach, Outside the Box, Plunkett Foundation, Post Office, Pub is the Hub, Royal Mail, Rural Business Awards, Rural Cultural Forum, Sherborne Deanery Rural Chaplaincy, Shropshire and Wrekin Fire & Rescue, Shropshire Rural Housing Association, South Devon Rural Housing, South Holland Rural Action Zone, Stafford and Rural Homes, Tees Valley Rural Community Council, Trent & Dove Housing, The Community Heartbeat Trust, The Wrekin Housing Trust, TRL Insight, UK Youth, White Horse Housing Association, Yarlington Housing Group, Young Somerset, Youth Employment UK