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Rural Community Network

Rural Community Network is a regional voluntary membership based organisation supporting rural communities across Northern Ireland. RCN works with rural communities to address issues relating to poverty, inequality, community and good relations and strives to develop the capacity and skills of groups to articulate their voice at a policy influence level.

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What we do

We provide training, advice, guidance and practical support to our membership base and we articulate the voice of our membership at government policy level.

Policy & Research

We work towards an ideal of ‘rural proofing’ policy to prevent the unintended consequences of service cuts and disinvestment in public sector resources having a cumulative and crippling effect on rural communities.

Community Relations

Good Relations and Peace Building is a key objective of the organisation in helping meet the needs of an increasingly multi-cultural and diverse rural community and is undertaken through community development values.

Training & Skills

RCN supports volunteers and workers in rural communities to develop their skills, knowledge and training to enhance good practice in relation to rural community development with a wide variety of courses available.

Become a Member


Community Groups / Individuals


Access to a separate RCN Members Only funding page within Facebook

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NI Voluntary Organisations


Access to our Training Programmes and funding advice

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Statutory Agencies


Access to our publications including Policy Link, and members' database

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RCN is delighted to hold its 30th AGM on Thursday, 2nd December 2021 at 5pm via Zoom.
Hopefully you will be able to attend. To get the link contact

Contacting RCN

Whilst we are still in this pandemic most of the staff at RCN are working from home.  The RCN landline phone number is currently being diverted and staff work mobile numbers can be given out.

Please contact staff via email or mobile number for continued assistance.