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Rural Community Network Ni

  • Income

    £347.9K

  • Spending

    £285.1K

  • Status

    Up-to-date

Charity no. 100009 Date registered. 23/05/2014

Public benefits

Purpose (a) The direct benefits that flow from purpose (a) are that members of socially and economically disadvantaged rural communities develop their knowledge and skills to better meet the needs of their communities and to enable them to participate more fully in society. These benefits will be evidenced by feedback from member groups and

participants on our capacity building, education and training services. We don't believe that this purpose will lead to any harm. The charity’s beneficiaries are members of community groups in rural areas in Northern Ireland and individuals who may be considering establishing or joining community groups. Purpose (b) The direct benefits that flow from purpose (b) are a reduction in sectarianism and racism and the development of tolerance and understanding amongst people in rural communities from diverse backgrounds. These benefits will be evidenced by monitoring and evaluating the delivery of our activities to ensure they are addressing issues of inequality and discrimination and that our Board is representative of the diversity of rural communities. We will also document attitudinal change amongst individuals who participate in our activities and programmes. This purpose may lead to the harm that people within communities who challenge the sectarian or racist attitudes of others may be at risk of personal harm. We can show this harm is outweighed by the benefits of more people in communities feeling supported to challenge all forms of discrimination and the development of a more tolerant society accepting of difference. The charity’s beneficiaries are members of community groups in rural areas in Northern Ireland and individuals who may be considering establishing or joining community groups. Purpose (c) The direct benefits that flow from purpose (c) are a better understanding of the factors that contribute to poverty and deprivation in rural communities and the development of activities that will lead to a reduction in poverty and deprivation. These benefits will be evidenced by the development of research as well as the monitoring and evaluation of the impact that research has on government policy related to poverty and deprivation. Monitoring and evaluation of activities that we develop that will prevent and relieve poverty. We don’t believe that any harm will arise from this purpose. The charity’s beneficiaries are members of community groups in rural areas in Northern Ireland and individuals who may be considering establishing or joining community groups. The only private benefit flowing from this purpose is the increase in knowledge, skills and understanding of individuals we work with. Purpose (d) The direct benefits that flow from purpose (d) are the promotion of the sustainable development within rural communities which will lead to more appropriate development in rural areas which preserves and protects the environment whilst achieving sustainable economic growth and regeneration. These benefits will be evidenced by feedback from member groups on their work which will enhance local landscapes, heritage and biodiversity while meeting the challenges of climate and economic change. We don’t believe that any harm will arise from this purpose. The charity’s beneficiaries are members of community groups in rural areas in Northern Ireland and individuals who may be considering establishing or joining community groups. The only private benefit flowing from these four purposes is the increase in knowledge, skills and understanding of individuals we work with. The skills and knowledge acquired may be transferable to other situations which will lead to private benefit but this is incidental and necessary because of the need for individuals to build their skills and knowledge to ensure community groups in rural areas better meet the needs of their communities.

What your organisation does

Rural Community Network is a regional voluntary organisation established by community groups from rural areas in 1991 to articulate the voice of rural communities on issues relating to poverty, disadvantage and equality. It is a membership based organisation and is managed by a voluntary Board of Directors, elected every two years. Two community

representatives from each of the six counties make up the main component of the Network's Board with statutory, voluntary, farming, environmental, cross border and other sectoral groups making up the rest. Rural Community Network adopts a community development approach to its work and employs a team of staff with a broad spectrum of skills.

The charity’s classifications

  • The prevention or relief of poverty
  • The advancement of education
  • The advancement of citizenship or community development
  • The advancement of human rights, conflict resolution or reconciliation or the promotion of religious or racial harmony or equality and diversity
  • The advancement of environmental protection or improvement

Who the charity helps

  • Adult training
  • Ethnic minorities
  • General public
  • Interface communities
  • Specific areas of deprivation
  • Unemployed/low income
  • Voluntary and community sector
  • Volunteers

How the charity works

  • Advice/advocacy/information
  • Community development
  • Cross-border/cross-community
  • Education/training
  • Gender
  • Grant making
  • Human rights/equality
  • Relief of poverty
  • Research/evaluation
  • Rural development

This display is a broad summary of the charity’s financial information. For a full understanding of the charity’s finances, the reader should view the PDF accounts and reports under the Documents tab above.

Income

£347.9K

Spending

£285.1K

Charity accounts & reports for financial year end 25 September 2017

Charity accounts & reports for financial year end 31 March 2017

Independent examiners report Charity accounts Trustee annual report

Charity accounts & reports for financial year end 31 March 2016

Charity accounts Trustee annual report

Charitable purposes

a) advance community development and citizenship by developing the knowledge and skills of members of socially and economically disadvantaged rural communities through capacity building, education and training in such a way that they are better able to identify and help meet their needs and to participate more fully in society. b) challenge inequality and discrimination that exists in rural communities by undertaking activities to foster understanding between people from diverse backgrounds in order to improve community cohesion, promote human rights, encourage sharing and integration and promote the value of difference and diversity. c) highlight the issues of poverty and deprivation that exist in rural communities by undertaking and supporting research into factors that contribute to poverty and deprivation, seeking the most appropriate ways to mitigate these and developing activities that will prevent and relieve poverty and deprivation. d) promote the sustainable development for the benefit of rural communities by - the preservation, conservation and the protection of the environment and the prudent use of natural resources; - the relief of poverty and the improvement of the conditions of life in socially and economically disadvantaged rural communities; - the promotion of sustainable means of achieving economic growth and regeneration. e) promote such other charitable purposes, as may from time to time be determined.

Governing document

Memorandum

Other name

  • 23 Trustees
  • 7 Employees
  • 0 Volunteers

Contact details

Public address

  • Mrs Kate Clifford, 38A Oldtown Street, Cookstown, County Tyrone., BT80 8EF

Trustee board

Trustee
Mr Patsy O'hanlon
Mr Paul Dinsmore
Mr Raymond Craig
Mr Arnold Hatch
Mr Nicholas Moore
Mrs Frances Spence
Mr Rory O'brien
Mr Herbie Francis
Mr Declan Mcateer
Mr Kenneth Rankin
Mr Patrick Terence Hearty
Ms Anne O'reilly
Mr Chris Mccarney
Mr Patrick Mceldowney
Mr Fergus Cooper
Mr John Waddell
Mrs Rosemary Forde
Ms Noelle Donnell

List of regions

  • In Northern Ireland