Most people care about their local community. Many would do more to help their neighbours if they could.
In rural areas, there is a long history of people taking action in their community, from the volunteer management committees that run England’s 10,000+ village halls to good neighbour schemes and parish plans.
But this effort is often overlooked by policy makers, funding for community initiatives is piecemeal and the age of volunteers is generally getting older. Sometimes it can feel like an uphill challenge getting a good idea for a community project off the ground or that decisions taken elsewhere will run roughshod over local effort.