General Publications

Rural Proofing for Healthrural proofingThe Rural Proofing concept requires policy makers to systematically think about whether there will be any significant differentials in rural areas with their policies and if so, assess what these might be and consider what adjustments or compensations can be adopted to accommodate rural circumstances. The Rural Proofing for Health Toolkit, funded by Defra (Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) has been developed to assist the commissioners of healthcare (CCGs) to think, in practical terms, about the impact of rurality and to assess the potential gains and pitfalls when commissioning healthcare provision for rural communities. More details here.

“About that first tweet”  – using social media effectively

Social media is part of how the world now does business and communicates: in the UK alone there are 41 million people on Facebook, and 10 million on Twitter. But has social media become a critical part of how the world does good and how well do you use social media for your business whether a charity, community organisation, social group or website? Unity Trust Bank and Social Misfits Media engage every day with charities, social enterprises, and other organisations who are dedicated to making social change. They have found that many of them are not strategically using social media to broaden their audiences, spread messages and, crucially, fundraise. So they have put together this practical guide to social media for charities and social enterprises. Click on the picture to download the guide.

The Guide assembles the thoughts of nearly 200 small and medium-sized charities and social enterprises on social media and includes interviews with social media experts from Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn, all of who give tips on how to best engage with the platforms they provide; case studies of organisations who’ve successfully used social media to achieve off-line goals; a checklist of reminders and tips; and further reading.

Delivering Community Libraries research

The Arts Council England and the Local Government Association (LGA) have published research into the different ways in which communities are involved in library service delivery and management.  Learning from Experience: guiding principles for Local Authorities is the result of research carried out in July 2012 and provides a snapshot of the various ways in which communities are involved in library provision in England. Since the research took place, the number of operating community libraries has risen from 178 to 254. In addition, new approaches and models have emerged and it is possible new research will be commissioned later this year. Click on the picture to read the research. You can also read about the case studies used in the research.

Rural Housing at a time of economic change

The Commission for Rural Communities has funded and published the above report on rural housing by the Cambridge Centre for Housing and Planning Research which focused on:

  1. The changing levels of rents (both private and social) and the quality and location of available housing
  2. The impact of recent and forthcoming government policies on social and private tenants, including the changes to Housing Benefit and the overall benefit caps
  3. MigrationThe numbers of people forced to relocate from rural areas, or unable to live where they would choose to do so.

Ageing Across Europe

Older people in the UK are the loneliest, poorest and most concerned about age discrimination according to this report from Demos on behalf of the WRVS. This report considers what makes a country a good place to grow old. It compares the UK against 3 other major countries in Europe and looks at the lessons to be learned on the policies and services that are most effective in giving older people a good quality of life. Please click on the picture to download the document.

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