About Us

AirS is an independent charity that exists for all people living in rural areas of Sussex but especially those who are at risk of isolation and/or disadvantage, and for whom rural life brings an additional challenge and cost to their daily lives.

Established in 1931, we are staffed by a highly experienced and dedicated team who are committed to helping people overcome the challenges caused by their rural location. Our vision is for a thriving, economically active rural Sussex full of choice and opportunities for everyone, regardless of their circumstances.

Part of the ACRE network of rural community councils, our work is funded through a range of sources and varies over time. This may include contracts and grant funding from trusts, foundations and the public sector as well as contributions from subscriptions, membership, donations, legacies and consultancy.

Action in rural Sussex has three operational aims:

1.  To reduce the incidence and impact of disadvantage and poverty on people living in rural areas.

2.  To increase the capacity of rural communities to manage change for the benefit of all their members.

3.  To inform and amplify the voice of rural communities to influence public policy.

Action in rural Sussex is a member of The National Council for Voluntary Organisations

“Supporting rural communities in Sussex to be vibrant and diverse places in which to live and work.”