About us

Established in 1924, Rural Action Derbyshire (formerly Derbyshire Rural Community Council) is an independent organisation and registered charity, operating across the county. RAD aims to improve the life of those living and working in Derbyshire. RAD is one of 38 rural community councils in England and is a member of ACRE - Action with Communities in Rural England.

Our Vision

We want to make sure people don't need to move to a town or city if they don't want to.

Despite its idyllic image, rural communities have pockets of isolation and deprivation, difficulties accessing services and a growing older population. Specialist services and the delivery of these services is being shaped around more populated, urban areas. Poor transport links reduce access to many of these vital services as well as to jobs and training.

Our Ambition

To address rural disadvantage so that rural communities are sustainable, vibrant and accessible to everyone regardless of age, background or income.

Our Mission

To improve the quality of life for Derbyshire residents, by empowering people in rural communities to take action to address disadvantage, become more sustainable and increase local control.

We make our beneficiaries' lives better by:

  • offering advice, support and training to individuals and communities,
  • providing transport options to help people get to work, and
  • running an oil buying scheme to help keep energy costs down for more isolated properties.

What we do

We have eight key areas of activity:

  • Wheels to Work - helping people get to work or training
  • The Money House - financial capability training for young people moving into their own rented accommodation
  • Community Oil Buying Scheme - helping 'off-gas' properties have access to affordable heating oil
  • Village Halls Support - providing expert advice for the volunteers that run village halls and community buildings
  • Neighbourhood Development Planning Service - experienced and impartial service to support communities through the Neighbourhood Development Planning process
  • Suicide Awareness Training - with funding from Public Health at DCC, providing free training for frontline workers dealing with vulnerable people
  • Agricultural Chaplaincy - offering the farming community non-judgemental and confidential support during difficult times
  • Food Poverty - working with groups around the county to address food poverty and support food banks.

As well as our project work, RAD is part of a number of partnerships and represents the Voluntary Sector on a number of networks to help promote the wonderful work of the sector throughout Derbyshire and to ensure the large rural parts of Derbyshire have a voice.

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