Case Studies

Case Studies
Learn how a Community Plan made a difference.

A South Yorkshire community benefitting from a major reburbishment of their community centre.

Remote rural communities in Swaledale use a new videolink which allowed them to access services in a new way.

Saltburn Methodist Hall is a nineteenth century community building situated in the heart of the seaside town of Saltburn. It is run by a small dedicated team of volunteers who work hard to ensure that the building meets the needs of a wide range of community groups and individuals in the area.

The case study concerns the provision of Food Hygiene (CIEH) and Mini Bus Driver Training (MIDAS) for a number of Rural Voice groups in Richmondshire, who had expressed concern over the lack of affordability in training their volunteers. The Richmondshire Rural Network Officer offered to bring a programme of training together and supported The Kings Church in making a funding application to Awards for All to cover the cost of the training, that could then be accessed by various groups. Training groups on volunteer management was also included in the funding.

Not being a technophile, Jim Hope who lives near Skipton, stubbornly persisted with his original service provider as he feared any change would cause as many problems as it solved.”  In any case, being located at the far edge of a telephone exchange area, and no other link installed, I didn't see how the situation could be improved.  But as websites became more complex and images more detailed, using the internet became more and more frustrating.

A very unique and innovative idea that community buildings could try their hand at is “pop-up restaurants.”

They are as their name implies – a restaurant-style evening that caters for up to 60 people, perhaps with a themed cuisine, and opens up overnight in a space not generally used for such a purpose.

A very successful example of this in action can be found at Masham Town Hall in North Yorkshire, where the small community of 1200 people have so far been treated to 3 of these exceptional evenings.

A ‘hub’ suggests bustling activity, positive energy, and plenty of laughter – it is the focal and central point of a community which brings everyone together. So why not create your own?

It is a well-known fact that living rurally can mean higher fuel prices, higher bills, and a higher cost of living. Where villages are situated off the mains gas grid and are geographically-isolated, heating homes can become a major issue during the winter months, when oil prices increase as the temperatures drop.

Applying for an Awards for All (A4A) grant is a straightforward and easy way of reinvigorating your community, funding a new project, and engaging with volunteers, ideas and knowledge on a local level. A4A is known for being user-friendly and is inspirational for kick-starting communities.

Another great way to show off your community and build more spirit is through a ‘Good Life’ event, which focuses on the kinds of skills that can be built on limited resources, as well as creating and building new friendships. Bread-making, growing your own vegetables, making your own food and much, much more would be included in the day.

Making a film about your village or community can be a great way of pooling local talent, enthusiasm and history, as the villages in the Upper Esk Valley of the North Yorkshire Moors discovered. 

A really simple way of improving the wellbeing and safety of your community is through the installation of a defibrillator. In rural areas where the nearest hospital could be two hours away, and an ambulance waiting time even longer than this, defibrillators are a life-saving idea.

Winter in rural areas can be a nightmare, with small villages often cut off from larger towns nearby by treacherous snow and ice, and a lack of salt on the roads from local councils. This is often because countryside roads are Category 3, meaning they do not receive gritting until Categories 1 and 2 are taken care of.

In rural areas, although there may be fewer houses and residents, it is often just as difficult to know the needs of the people who live there as it is in cities. A fantastic means of gathering feedback and evidence from your community is through a survey or questionnaire.