Village SOS attend CEW Conference
DTA Wales attended the recent Community Energy Wales conference at Jury's Inn, Cardiff to promote the Village SOS support programme we are delivering across Wales' rural communities.
In its entirety, Village SOS is a campaign that aims to inspire local community action, through supporting new, developing and existing community projects that benefit residents in rural* communities throughout the UK. It helps communities to survive and thrive and become more enterprising. DTA Wales are now working alongside WCVA as a Local Partner for Village SOS in Wales. At the conference, we were encouraged to meet groups and community energy projects across Wales who could benefit from the support available from Village SOS. We also had the chance to network with some of the key VSOS mentors working with us to deliver the support available via Village SOS at the event.
Village SOS is delivered across the UK by ACRE and its group of partners and funded by the Big Lottery Fund. It helps rural* projects - which can include anything from keeping services such as shops or playgroups alive for local villages or by starting up a new enterprises that could create income to benefit local areas, such as community energy projects. The support available from Village SOS helps projects to develop and work through a set of actions, in a bespoke plan of support that suits each community’s needs. The aim is that projects will feel empowered and able to complete actions that will keep them going. ‘Community-to-community’ learning is at the heart of this campaign as we believe the best advice comes from someone who has been through it themselves. There will be opportunities for projects involved with Village SOS to learn from other projects through a learning exchange and for projects to be matched to experienced VSOS Mentors with knowledge and skills relevant to participating projects.
In addition lots of tools and resources are available on the Village SOS website or downloadable app for communities to use. Visit www.villagesos.org.uk for more information. To access the support available, contact Rachel Marshall at DTA Wales on RachelMarshall@dtawales.org.uk or telephone 02920 190260 or sign up directly on the Village SOS website http://villagesos.org.uk/sign-up/
*For the purposes of Village SOS projects, potential projects and organisations that provide a service to their local rural community with a population of fewer than 10,000 are eligible for support.
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