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Working with rural communities

Updated: 20 Feb 2019
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Loneliness and isolation can be a real problem in rural areas
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When you live in a rural area, your community is extremely important. At the same time, for some people, loneliness and isolation can become a real problem.
In addition, many small communities don't feel that they are getting their voices heard.
We are working hard to combat this. We welcome any rural community group to give us their views through their local Housing Community Network (HCN) which operates in all our district offices.
Twelve rural HCN members also participate in our Rural Residents’ Forum (Adobe PDF 3885 KB) which is coordinated by Rural Community Network and serves as a focus group where specific rural housing issues can be discussed with the Housing Executive. For more information on our Rural Residents’ Forum or details of how you can join please download the Rural Residents Forum leaflet.

Our initiatives

Every year we offer a number of funding opportunities for communities who wish to invest in their rural neighbourhoods.
The social housing enterprise investment scheme is open to individuals or groups living or working in Housing executive estates to enable them to improve their capacity to develop economic activity in their area.
Every spring we offer 6 cash awards through our Rural Community Awards - hyperlink competition which is aimed at supporting rural community groups who are working to improve their area through inclusive events and activities and/or groups who have undertaken projects to improve environmental sustainability.

Find out more

Perhaps you live in a rural area where there is no community group? We can offer support and advice to get a local residents group up and running.  
Further information is available in our getting involved section. You can also find out about networking and support for groups that is available from the Rural Community Network  and Supporting Communities NI.
Each year, we also produce a ‘Rural Matters’ magazine which is circulated to rural community groups and representatives. If you wish to be included on the circulation list for ‘Rural Matters’, please contact our Rural Housing Unit.