DAERA Rural Community Development Support Scheme

Northern Area Community Network is one of seven providers awarded this contract to provide local community development support and advice service.

DAERA recognises the need to support community development in rural areas and has supported this through the current funding of rural community development through its Tackling Rural Poverty and Social Isolation Framework.

The aims of the Rural Community Development Support Service are:
– to ensure regional coverage and local delivery of rural community development support across Northern Ireland;
– to support individuals and communities in rural areas in improving their economic and social sustainability;
– to support rural communities, local authorities and other relevant stakeholders in the face of the restructuring of local government and the reorganisation of public policy and service delivery.

Rasharkin Village Plan September 2022 – we have been working in partnership in the village to assist the community to create a plan to address local issues. It was a partnership of local residents, NACN, NHSCT, Causeway Coast and Glens Council, Participatory Budgeting Works, Causeway GP Federation MDT and Community Places. The full report is available to download here.