The English Rural Community Councils (RCCs) have had a remarkable impact on our countryside over the past 100 years. They have had a pivotal role in nurturing rural industry and education, and their work in social service, social organisation and the development of village halls has provided a welcome social ‘glue’ for countless communities.
But RCCs have not stood still. Policy, funding and social change have required adaptation: transport, services, housing and place-based development have become increasingly important elements of their work. And today, rural social care, particularly for the elderly and the young, has become a central part of their service.
This book recounts a remarkable story of the ability of RCCs to adapt to this change over their first 100 years, through harnessing rural voluntary effort, mobilising community spirit and working in partnership, all for the benefit of English rural communities. Contact: [email protected]