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.

The RCP is using the best practice and learning from the Opportunity Vale of Evesham project and will roll this out across other rural communities in Wychavon. As time and funding are limited for the RCP the programme will focus on those communities in highest need initially.

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.

We will be continuing with the door knocks again in 2016 as follows:

23 March - Cookhill
20 April  - Honeybourne
18 May – Abbots Morton
22 June - Charlton
20 July - Pebworth
18 August – South Lenches
21 September – Bretforton
19 October – Ombersley

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