Community Action Northumberland was initially set up as the Community Council of Northumberland in 1951, and has been promoting community development across the county ever since: enabling a wide range of community and voluntary organisations; supporting individuals through the introduction of new projects to address gaps in rural services; and promoting rural issues such as affordable housing, community transport, rural services, rural economy, health and social welfare, needs of older people, needs of young people and children, broadband and digital inclusion, environment and green issues, and rural poverty to name but a few. 

CAN is one of 38 Rural Community Councils across England which operate as a network under the umbrella of our national body ACRE (Action with Communities in Rural England).  RCCs are charitable local development agencies, generally based at county level, which lead, support and enable community initiatives, reaching 50,000 grassroots organisations.

ACRE’s vision is to be the voice of rural communities – supported by the wealth of evidence and intelligence on rural matters collected from the 38 members.  This evidence is used to influence national policy on rural issues, from housing, health and transport to broadband, services and fuel poverty.

As a member of the ACRE network, CAN is able to ensure that Northumberland’s rural communities are able to benefit from the knowledge and best practice gathered from across the country, and to contribute to the national debate on rural issues.

Locally CAN works with a wide range of partners to share resourses and knowledge & achieve the best results for our communities.