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Boost for rural communities and economy in north east Peak District

This is an archived press release

Tuesday 13 December 2011

Support for Sheffield and Barnsley’s rural areas across the north east Peak District will be strengthened in 2012 through extra funding for the Villages and Communities Together project.
 
The East Peak Innovation Partnership has allocated a £17,900 LEADER grant to enable the project to expand and put on business and community events such as local food and tourism workshops, a green technology workshop and village network meetings.
 
Villages and Communities Together is jointly run by the Peak District National Park Authority and Sheffield’s Northern Community Assembly to invigorate rural communities across the north east Peak District.
 
Part-time village officer Sharon Batty has been joined by an additional part-time officer, Lucy Atkins, so they can now cover a larger area, and together they are planning a series of events including:

  • a food and tourism workshop in February where accommodation providers and caterers can meet local food and drink producers
  • a green technology workshop in March for community groups and businesses at Green Directions, enabling people to find out about energy saving and renewable schemes, subsidised by the Peak District Live & Work Rural programme.
 Sharon and Lucy also:
  • help community groups find funding for local projects
  • direct people to information services and organisations for support
  • help people set up or run a community group and link with other groups
  • help identify community issues, encourage people to get involved and develop programmes for action
  • provide free workshops and training, plus valuable networking opportunities for businesses and community groups
  • support new and existing businesses, social enterprises, or voluntary and community organisations that contribute to the east peak’s rural economy.
The project covers the one third of Sheffield that lies within the Peak District National Park, and rural communities throughout the Sheffield Northern Communities Assembly area as well as Penistone and District in the Barnsley area.
 
Cllr Janet Bragg, who represents Sheffield City Council on the Peak District National Park Authority, said: “This is an exciting joint project with a track record of helping to achieve real benefits to rural communities and businesses, such as farmers’ markets, village cinemas and community energy schemes. We want our rural areas to thrive, and this grant from the East Peak Innovation Partnership (EPIP) is good news at a time of economic hardship everywhere.”
 
The funding is made available to EPIP through the Rural Development Programme for England, which is jointly funded by Defra and the European Union.
 
To find out more, go to www.peakdistrict.gov.uk/villageofficer  , email villageofficer@peakdistrict.gov.uk or call Sharon Batty or Lucy Atkins on 0114 284 7943.
 

This is an archived press release

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