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The importance of community transport

For many people, community transport is their only means of getting to and from a medical appointment. It plays an important part in tackling social isolation, maintaining well-being and enabling people to access health services.
 

Funding: LEADER: A Funding Opportunity for Rural Communities

LEADER is a ‘bottom-up’ local community based approach to spending the European Rural Development Programme Fund in England. 

Funding: Rural Community Energy Fund - No deadline

Two stages of funding are available to renewable energy projects that provide social and economic benefits to the community.

Funding: Rural Community Energy Fund - No Deadline

Funding of up to £150,000 is available for rural renewable energy projects providing economic and social benefits to the community.  

In Good Company – Campaign to Tackle Loneliness in Norfolk

In Good Company is a campaign being run over the next 12 months by more than 20 voluntary and statutory organisations and service providers in Norfolk, with the aim of combatting loneliness among the county’s most vulnerable residents with the key message that no one should spend a lonely day in Norfolk if they don’t want to.
 

Protecting Rural Bus Services

The Campaign for Better Transport has highlighted the need for the government to amend the Bus Services Bill to ensure that it includes rural transport to protect these services from cuts.  

Norfolk Community Transport Association Needs You!

Thousands of people across Norfolk rely on volunteer drivers to help them get out and about and do everyday things that most of us take for granted. A simple trip to the shops or a routine appointment at the doctors can be complicated, if not impossible, for some people without the support of a volunteer driver.

Anybody can become a volunteer and drivers come from all walks of life – some are retired people who want to keep busy, others are students eager to gain valuable work experience. Norfolk Council Council administers a county-wide community transport scheme and welcomes volunteer drivers in every location.

Thedrivers find it a rewarding way to spend their free time because they know what a significant difference they are making to the lives of others.

Philip, 58, says: “I looked forward to retiring but was determined to keep my life as active and busy as it had always been. It’s very rewarding to put my energy into helping people who, for whatever reason, find life a struggle. Not everybody can jump in the car and drive to the supermarket or to the doctors’ surgery, which is where I come in.”

Ifyou enjoy driving and have some spare time, you may be just the person they are looking for.  Register your interest at https://www.norfolk.gov.uk/jobs-training-and-volunteering/volunteering/c...

In case of emergency - Community Resilience Plans

Even though the county has some of the lowest rainfall in Britain, 42,500 homes in Norfolk are estimated to be at risk from flooding.  And we know that coastal erosion threatens the very existence of some homes.  How resilient is your community to these threats and others?

The National Rural Crime Network - Advice and Information

The National Rural Crime Network shares best practice, information and examples to help raise awareness of the impact and problems caused by Rural Crime. 

What is the European Rural Parliament

The European Rural Parliament aims to strengthen the voice of rural communities in Europe and ensure that the interests of rural communities are strongly reflected in national and European policies.

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