Ru­ral Life

Your monthly up­date of news and views from the Ru­ral Com­mu­nity Coun­cil of Es­sex

Essex Life - - RURAL ESSEX -

As a char­ity geared to sup­port­ing peo­ple in ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties, RCCE is com­mit­ted to play­ing its part in meet­ing this chal­lenge. We do this most ob­vi­ously through the Com­mu­nity Agents ser­vice, which we op­er­ate coun­ty­wide with the sup­port of Es­sex County Coun­cil and our vol­un­tary sec­tor part­ners. The Com­mu­nity Agents help vul­ner­a­ble older peo­ple re­tain their in­de­pen­dence and can help counter so­cial iso­la­tion by in­tro­duc­ing them to so­cial groups and ac­tiv­i­ties.

RCCE’s Vil­lage Halls Ad­vice Ser­vice also has an im­por­tant role to play as it helps hall trus­tees across the county to main­tain and de­velop vil­lage halls as a fo­cal point of com­mu­nity life; a place where so­cial ac­tiv­i­ties can be pro­vided for all ages in a fa­mil­iar, con­ve­nient and wel­com­ing en­vi­ron­ment.

Many vil­lages in Es­sex are them­selves re­spond­ing pos­i­tively to the threat of lone­li­ness and so­cial iso­la­tion. It is ap­par­ent that vol­un­teer-led ini­tia­tives such as a drop-in café in the vil­lage hall, church or other sim­i­lar venue, or even a com­mu­nity walk­ing group that har­nesses the ben­e­fits of na­ture and the coun­try­side, can make a gen­uine dif­fer­ence to the lives of peo­ple in need.

‘A place where so­cial ac­tiv­i­ties can be pro­vided for all ages in a fa­mil­iar, con­ve­nient and wel­com­ing en­vi­ron­ment’

ABOVE & LEFT:RCCE’s Com­mu­nity Agents help vul­ner­a­ble older peo­ple re­tain their in­de­pen­dence

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