The National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) and Action with Communities in Rural England (ACRE) announced a new partnership in order to strengthen the support available to rural communities.
As part of this new partnership, all 38 local ACRE members will have access to all of the strategic, operational and practical benefits of NCVO membership. ACRE said the new partnership allows for “its voice to remain independent and accountable to its members”, as well as “enriching their resources and learning opportunities”.
Stuart Etherington, chief executive of NCVO, said: This is an important partnership; not only strengthening our understanding of issues affecting rural communities, but also providing a greater level of support and advice to vital rural networks.
It is also a timely and appropriate announcement for NCVO, as we approach our centenary year, given our long history of working closely with rural communities and the rural community councils that represent them.
Richard Quallington, executive director of ACRE, added: ACRE is pleased to be able to work closely with NCVO to represent the needs and promote the voice of rural communities. Since becoming independent from NCVO 31 years ago, ACRE has had a strong track record of speaking up for rural communities on the national stage, we are looking forward to working with NCVO to further strengthen and amplify this rural voice.