The guide has been produced as part of the joint initiative between English Partnerships and Partners in the Countryside called 'Working with Rural Communities'.
It offers advice, practical guidance and case study examples of rural regeneration through partnership to anyone embarking on a new initiative or considering further developments in a community-based programme.
Researched and written by Partners in the Countryside, and sponsored by English Partnerships, the guide highlights the five critical stages in building a partnership and illustrates these stages with case studies from the leaders of regeneration programmes in Derbyshire, West Cumbria and County Durham.
national, regional, country and local sources of advice, support and funding together with the Partners in the Countryside: Project Appraisal and Development process.
Partners in the Countryside executive director Anne Harris said: 'The guide has been designed to meet the practical needs of those involved in developing regeneration partnerships and projects. It is a self help tool which should enhance the quality and quantity of direct
support provided by Partners in the Countryside and other associated
agencies and organisations. The format of the guide makes it cost effective to update and we are working on a detailed Regional Sources of Advice, Support and Funding for publication as a supplement to the guide by the middle of 1999.'
John Edwards, chief executive of The Rural Development Commission, said: 'I welcome this new guide, which gives a helping hand to rural partnerships. It reinforces many of the practical lessons that have emerged from our long-standing involvement with the regeneration of rural communities'.
Paula Hay-Plumb, managing director (operations) of English Partnerships and chair of the former Coalfields Task Force and who addressed the audience at the house of commons said: 'I believe this guide will be most helpful to leaders and project managers in former coalfield communities and elsewhere who are starting out on the road to rural regeneration. I hope it will also inspire others to press ahead with planning further developments for the benefit of their communities.'
To obtain a free copy of the Guide (UK addresses only), while stocks last, post or fax your request to Partners in the Countryside, 79/83 North Street, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 1ZA. Tel: 01273 205200. Fax: 01273 205220. Orders for subsequent copies will be charged at£6.50 per copy (inc.P&P). Make cheques payable to Partners in the Countryside.
Partners in the Countryside is a non-profit making organisation which works with rural communities to achieve their long-term sustainable regeneration. They champion a business-orientated approach and focus on building cross sector partnerships to develop integrated solutions in identified areas of need.
English Partnerships is the government agency whose task is to regenerate derelict, vacant and under-used land and buildings throughout England. They have contributed significantly to many rural projects through The Community Investment Fund and the publication of the Guide to Rural Partnerships as part of the 'Working with Rural Communities' initiative.
The Rural Development Commission (RDC) is the government's agency for
economic and social well-being in rural England. From April 1999, the RDC and the Countryside Commission will come together as The Countryside Agency with responsibility for advising government and taking actions on issues relating to the environmental, economic and social well-being of the English Countryside. At the same time, the RDC's rural regeneration work will transfer to the regional development agencies. A draft prospectus on the new agency is available from the RDC. Tel 0171 340 2907.