Action with Communities in Rural England is the national voice for the 38 rural community councils who make up the country’s largest rural network. Together, ACRE reaches 52,000 grassroots organisations in 11,000 rural communities.
Their vision – to be the voice of rural communities – is supported by the wealth of evidence and intelligence on rural matters that they collect from members. They use this evidence to influence national policy on rural issues, from housing, health and transport to broadband, services and fuel poverty.
ACRE has a strong track record of speaking up for rural communities on the national stage and delivering multi-million pound projects that enable our communities to find innovative solutions to the challenges they face.
Community First is at the forefront of sustainable, robust community development in Herefordshire and Worcestershire. They specialise in providing high quality advice and support to community groups and organisations, to help them grow and meet the needs of the communities they serve.
The Hereford Community Land Trust was formed in 2016 and is part of a national network of local Land Trusts.
A Community Land Trust is a non-profit community-based organisation, run essentially by its members, which acquires and holds land on which the CLT’s specified objectives are carried out. Most CLTs develop and own ‘permanently affordable’ housing, possibly with other assets such as workspaces, open spaces and community facilities, which together meet the needs of the community.
The HCLT mission is to provide low-cost, high-quality homes for sale or rent to local people in the Hereford area and surrounds. Following pathways developed by CLTs elsewhere, their aim is for these to be designed with community input to be energy-efficient and low-carbon, built with locally sourced materials and skills in a sustainable setting that includes food production, renewable energy, waste management, and all that is necessary for a healthy, balanced community.
hvoss provides information, guidance and support to volunteers, charities, voluntary and community groups in Herefordshire. All these organisations deliver public benefit and are not for profit. hvoss is locally accountable to them through their membership of hvoss. Their vision is a vibrant and active local voluntary and community sector.
hvoss develop constructive commissioning arrangements and partnership working between their members and others seeking to positively support community life in the county.