The South Worcestershire Rural Communities Programme (RCP) forms phase two of the Opportunity Vale of Evesham Project and has the following four aims:

  •  To support vulnerable individuals and communities in rural Wychavon including older people and the socially isolated.
  • To implement a model for strong rural communities by developing existing networks and establishing community champions.
  • To focus on building community capacity, thereby enabling professionals to refer into community groups.
  • To maximise uptake and impact of existing public, voluntary and community services in rural areas whilst not increasing reliance on them.

So far we have:

  • Engaged with 16 parish councils and community groups in 12 wards.
  • Established a network of 17 community connectors, who are local contact points in the villages.
  • Developed a website to share local best practice - see link below 
  • Created a village health check to help assess the strengths and weaknesses of communities and find local solutions to issues.
  • Identified vulnerable, isolated and lonely individuals.
  • Taken services and support out to potentially vulnerable people through door knocks.
  • Highlighted, through the door knocks, key issues within the community for parish council support.

In 2016 we did a door knock in the following villages:

23 March - Cookhill
20 April  - Honeybourne
18 May – Drakes Broughton
22 June - Charlton
20 July - Pebworth
21 September – Bretforton
19 October – Ombersley

We are planning to do more door knocks or attend village events in 2017 as follows

Thursday 30 March - Eckington
Wednesday 26 April – Bredon 
May – Childswickham
June  – North Claines 
July – Badsey Flower Show 
Thursday 21 September – Bishampton 
October – Hartlebury

If you would like more information or would like to help out at the door knocks please contact Tracy on the contacts below. 

To download our flyer please click here.

For further information contact:

David Manning, Project Manager on 01386565478,
Tracy Perkins, Support Officer on 01386 565517,

Rural Communities Programme Website