The Rural Communities programme (RCP) has been running for three years in Wychavon and for the past two years in Malvern Hills District.  In that time the project has worked with over 30 parish and town councils and made over 800 referrals to services for vulnerable residents in rural areas.

Since its inception the RCP has taken the lead in this project work, talking to Parish Councils, arranging and delivering door knocks and feeding back to the communities of key issues found.

We will work with parishes to help to define possible New Homes Bonus (NHB) projects that will both meet real community need and, where possible, leave a legacy.  This will involve helping the parish councils to engage with their communities and will then help to define projects.The RCP will also provide help to parishes to identify strengths, areas for improvement and community needs.  This will likely involve a mix of methods including a parish profile, reviewing existing information such as parish or neighbourhood plans, surveys, facilitated sessions with parish councils and community leaders using a revamped version of our village health check or potentially some limited door knocks.  

In 2016/2017 we did door knocks 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

30 March - Eckington
26 April – Bredon 
10 May – Childswickham, Evergreens group 
20 June  – North Claines  
21 September – Bishampton 
26 October – Hanbury

We have a further one planned in Sedgeberrow on 28 March 2018

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, david.manning@wychavon.gov.uk
Tracy Perkins, Support Officer on 01386 565517, tracy.perkins@wychavon.gov.uk

Rural Communities Programme Website