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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