Extra time for Village SOS survey
by Claire McGine, Head of Communications

The deadline has been extended on a national survey which will help to shape a new programme of support for rural social enterprises through Village SOS.

Communities and individuals now have until August 6 to complete the short online survey.

The results will be used to inform a new Village SOS learning, outreach and engagement campaign led by ACRE (Action with Communities in Rural England).

ACRE has received close to £1.4 million from the Big Lottery Fund to lead a nationwide partnership of eight organisations that will help and inspire rural communities across the UK to set up social enterprises.

The two-year campaign comes on the back of Big Lottery Fund’s Village SOS funding programme and will help communities start their own social enterprises – from setting up a shop or saving a pub to opening a café or cinema.

ACRE Project Manager Paul Dixon said: “We want to make sure rural communities across Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and England have had their chance to tell us about their needs to help them establish or develop community enterprises.

“Our survey is easy to complete and will take just a few minutes of your time. We will be in touch with all those who take part to let them know our plans.”

For more information, visit our Village SOS page.