Making the rural voice heard
We do this in various different committees and partnerships at District, County, regional and national level (see ‘Partnership working’). There are always competing priorities and we cannot always succeed in getting rural needs acknowledged as much as we would like, but it is important that we keep reminding our decision-makers that Oxfordshire is the most rural county in the south east and as such, has particular needs.
The same problems come up time and again – availability of services, affordable housing, and rural transport. We continue to lobby for improvements to all of these, using the experience we have in working with rural communities to provide evidence and examples (often in the form of ‘case studies’) that help support our case.
Much existing data makes it very hard to demonstrate rural need, since sporadic, geographically thinly spread figures don’t show up in data designed to show county averages. But a pioneering new approach commissioned by the South East Rural Community Councils has shown that there is deprivation in our rural areas – it’s just a question of looking at data in a different way. This has already made a real impact in the ‘Joint Strategic Needs Assessment’ for future health and social care in Oxfordshire.
We are working with colleagues across the South East – and in our national network – to raise awareness about this important new way of looking at the world. News will be posted on the website to update you on progress.
The Banbury Rural Neighbourhood Action Group are a group of volunteers made up of members of the rural community and Police who work together to address community needs and solve issues identified by ......read more.
People involved with and those interested in community cafes, markets and coffee mornings came together for a networking event on 12 July. The event was organised by ORCC and OCVA as part of the one y......read more.