Rother’s rural communities explore Community Responses

Over 100 representatives from rural communities and service providers across Rother District came together across 3 events run to establish local needs and the services and schemes that were on offer to respond to them.

The events were jointly organised  by Action in rural Sussex, Rother Voluntary Action and East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service and delivered at Robertsbridge Village Hall, Battle Memorial Hall and Peasmarsh Village Hall throughout October and November 2015.  The aim being to

‘To involve all rural community representatives and interested organisations to develop an understanding of the changes in population and policy context that affect rural communities and to identify ways in which rural communities can respond positively for the benefit of local people.’

Each event used the same format and consisted of an exercise to map out who was attending and who they represented, be it an organisation or a community. This was then used to identify their needs and/or their ‘offer’. A key element was identifying what was being successfully delivered already, why this was successful and correspondingly what was needed to allot this to be replicated elsewhere.

As part of this process the 3 events led to the identification of 12 recognisable ‘challenges faced by communities’, but they also identified were the wide-array of successful activities that were developed and run by communities, together with a range of support mechanisms from the voluntary and public sector.

In response, 5 key attributes were identified as being ‘core components’ in allowing these to occur and where therefore crucial when seeking to replicate them, these were:

  1. Communication
  2. Delivery
  3. Leadership
  4. Involvement & Volunteering
  5. Funding

To see the full report, which includes all of the details from the events please click here.

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