The knowledge and insight we have gained from the Opportunity Vale of Evesham project is being rolled out wider to other communities. We have developed the next phase, the Rural Communities Programme and the project started in June 2014. The Rural Communities Programme is led by Wychavon District Council with a range of public community and voluntary partners involved. The programme’s aims are:
- To support vulnerable individuals and communities in rural Wychavon.
- To implement a model for strong rural communities.
- To focus on building community capacity.
- To maximise uptake and impact of existing public, voluntary and community services.
We have already held some initial workshops to look at the roles of parish councils in supporting vulnerable people and developing stronger communities. We have also developed Community Folders containing information about a wide range of public and voluntary services which are available in a number of villages