Catalys starts evaluation of Rural Community Action Programme – Village SOS
Today we commence the evaluation of the Village SOS programme. This programme which covers Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales and England offers support to communities who wish to use social enterprise and other types of community businesses to sustain services and provide new opportunities in rural communities.
Village SOS is supported by Big Lottery Fund and is intended to inspire rural revival through development of community businesses that will breathe new life into their areas and create jobs. It is delivered by a partnership that is led by Action for Communities in Rural England – ACRE.
The programme offers tools, support and expert guidance are on offer to help communities take a step towards starting their own businesses and guide them through the journey from their initial idea to transforming the area.
If you have any thoughts or contributions that could help us in our evaluation work, we would be very interested to hear from you.