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4th February 2016
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Village SOS campaign ready to get rural projects off the ground

Rural residents in Derbyshire who want to make a real difference in their community are being urged to sign up to the Village SOS campaign.  The £1.4m Big Lottery funded campaign will enable rural community enterprises - from car-sharing schemes to community cafes - to flourish.

Led by rural network ACRE (Action with Communities in Rural England), Village SOS will offer volunteers a package of advice and support to get projects off the ground.  It will inspire communities by matching them with someone in the UK who has already 'been there and done that', and will offer expert mentoring through Rural Action Derbyshire (RAD).

Village SOS Community Manager Chris Cowcher said: "We really want to heard from people who want to breathe new life into their local community.  Perhaps you've got a great idea for a project but don't know where to start - or maybe you've already started an enterprise but need help with business planning, marketing or raising funds.  Whatever you want to do - whether it's starting a creche or saving the village shop - Village SOS can help.  To sign up, all you need to do is visit the website at www.villagesos.org.uk or contact RAD on 0845 313 8800, 01629 592970 or email info@ruralactionderbyshire.org.uk.  If you project is suitable, RAD can help you create an action plan at your pace."

Sylvia Green, RAD CEO said: "More and more rural communities are doing it for themselves, with volunteers at the heart of making it happen. You don't have to think big. While your project might be about opening a shop, it could equally be about bringing in supplies to your village from elsewhere to help those who cannot drive. We are ready to help, so if you have a great idea that will reinvigorate or revitalise your community, now is the time to get involved."