RAPID is one of seven providers awarded this contract to provide local community development support and advice service across Northern Ireland.
The Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD) recognises the need to support community development in rural areas and has supported this through current funding of rural community development through its Tackling Rural Poverty and Social Isolation Framework. The aims of the Rural Community Development Support Service are:
Supporting Access to the NIRDP
Support for individuals and communities, including farmers and farm families, to access the Northern Ireland Rural Development Programme 2014-2020.
Assisting Development of the Rural Economy
Assisting individuals and communities, including farmers and farm families, to access information and advice on the economic assistance available to rural areas; and provide support in working towards the economic and social sustainability of rural communities.
Supporting Access to the TRPSI Programme
Actively promote and be an advocate for all aspects of the Tackling Rural Poverty and Social Isolation Programme,and actively support the Department in the roll out of projects and initiatives.
Developing Capacity and Leadership
Developing capacity and leadership in rural communities along with proper governance as a means of supporting community involvement and maintaining strong rural communities.
Community Development Service for the Unionist Population
Deliver a community development service for the Unionist population living in rural border areas which is consistent with ‘Renewing Communities – the government’s response to the report of the task force on protestant working class communities’.
For further information contact Caroline Devlin, Caroline@rapidni.com, Michelle Coll Michelle@rapidni.com or Ciaran Doherty Ciaran@rapidni.com