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Supporting Communities

RCCE provides a range of professional services for rural communities, helping them find practical solutions to the issues that matter.  These include:

Village Halls and Community Buildings

Our advice service supports local trustees with the management, maintenance and development of halls as focal points of community life.

Community Agents Essex

We lead a county-wide team promoting independent living by providing confidential support to older people and their carers.

Rural Housing

Our Rural Housing Enabler service helps communities provide affordable housing schemes tailored to meet the specific needs of local people.

Community-Led Planning and Engagement

We help communities plan for the future by facilitating locally-led Parish and Neighbourhood Plans and projects that promote greater community engagement.

Oil Buying

Our Community Oil Buying Scheme is an easy to use bulk buying scheme that cuts fuel bills and addresses fuel poverty.

Essex Rural Fund

We are developing an independent source of funding, able to provide small grants for projects in rural communities. 

Access to Services

We undertake various projects to provide advice and support on community-led initiatives to improve access to rural services such as shops and pubs.