The West of England Rural Network is a charity working with rural communities in South Gloucestershire, Bath & North East Somerset, North Somerset & Bristol.
We support and work with communities, businesses, social enterprises, organisations and individuals on a wide range of topics that impact on rural areas.
We work with local authorities, other statutory services, the new West of England Local Enterprise Partnership and central Government departments (DEFRA, OCS, DECC and DCLG) to influence policy and to ensure that the impact on rural communities are always considered.
Following a successful bid to DEFRA in 2014 WERN has established a Local Action Group (LAG) to manage a Rural Development Programme for the West of England between 2015 – 2020. From winter 2015 local businesses and community groups will be able to apply to the LAG for LEADER funding for projects that create jobs, help businesses to grow, and benefit the rural economy.
Being a member of ACRE (Action with Rural Communities in Rural England) we are able to call on the expertise and experience of colleague Rural Community Councils from across the Rural Community Action Network.
As continued cuts to public service delivery are being made and a new national policy framework emerges, our ability to access this bank of expertise will be of benefit to all the communities in the West of England.
You can become a member of the West of England Rural Network by completing an application form.