In March 2016, CCB ran an event promoting the support available to communities through the Village SOS campaign, funded by the National Lottery. The aim of the programme, which ended in December 2016, was to help rural community projects to survive and thrive.
Following the event, two communities in Berkshire signed up to the programme and were awarded a package of support worth £2,314 between them. The funding enabled members of the CCB team to work directly with the communities, providing 9 days of dedicated, specialist help with their projects.
Feedback from both communities has been excellent, with one writing to say: ‘how invaluable Village SOS’s support has been in allocating and funding a mentor for us to investigate the possibilities with regards to our project. Tim Parry from CCB has been outstanding in supporting and guiding us over the past few months, we really couldn’t have got where we are without him!’
Even though the Village SOS campaign in its current form has ended, there are other sources of funding that could be used to pay for similar support. If you are considering a community project and think you could benefit from an expert from the CCB team, please contact Tim Parry on 0118 961 2000 to discuss your needs.