Village SOS Roadshow

Village SOS Roadshow
The Big Lottery
18.04.12

Could your neighbour be your next business partner?
Village SOS Roadshow 2012 helps you unlock the potential in your village

In many rural communities across the UK, vital services are being lost or withdrawn. Around 400 village shops and 700 rural pubs close each year; remote areas of the UK are unable to access broadband; vulnerable people are left stranded without access to basic services like post offices, healthcare, shops and schools.

But a growing number of communities are taking matters into their own hands, turning the threat into an opportunity and setting up community owned and run enterprises. Across Scotland, local people are setting up enterprising projects like shops, pubs, and transport schemes to help reverse the trend of rural decline for their community.

If you could help rally your community into saving or setting up an enterprising service in your village, help is at hand. The Big Lottery Fund’s Village SOS project is backed by the leaders of the rural enterprise sector – Plunkett Foundation, Action with Communities in Rural England (ACRE), Co-operatives UK and Locality – and together they are hosting a second series of the hugely popular Village SOS Roadshow.

Dunfermline has been selected to host the Village SOS Roadshow as it tours the UK bringing vital expertise, resources and a place to discuss your enterprise ideas. The Roadshow, organised in partnership with DTA Scotland, is completely free and will take place on 26th April at the Carnegie Conference Centre, from 10am to 3:30pm. Broadcaster and commentator Lesley Riddoch will also be speaking about her role in the Isle of Eigg Heritage Trust which led to the successful community buyout in 1997.

The Village SOS campaign seeks to inspire local people to follow in the footsteps of communities like Sleat on the Isle of Skye, who not only own their own shop and Post Office but have also turned their hand to renewable energy, forestry and even transport in the form of subsidised taxis.

If you want to find out more about how community enterprise can help your village, come along to one of the Village SOS Roadshow events, which will not only showcase the very best examples from the region, but will give you access to expert
advice on everything you need to know, from getting your idea off the ground, engaging with your community and marketing it to the wider world, to applying for funding, choosing the right legal structure and business planning. It’s also a great place to talk to others in the same boat, to learn from and inspire each other. The events take place:

26th April – Dunfermline, Scotland
1st May – Narberth, Wales
10th May – Skipton, North Yorkshire
15th May – Shrewsbury, Shropshire
18th May – Oxford, Oxforshire
24th May – Morpeth, Northumberland
31st May – Norwich, Norfolk
12th June – Penrith, Cumbria
19th June – Exeter, Devon
27th June – Lincoln, Lincolnshire
2nd July – London

To book a place on the Village SOS Roadshow visit http://www.villagesos.org.uk. To find out more about how the programme can help you, visit the website or give the Advice Team a call on 0845 434 9123. Calls to the Advice Line from landlines will be charged at local rates (3.4p per minute peak times, 1.7p per minute in evenings and 0.6p per minute at weekends). Calls from mobiles will vary and may be considerably more.