We provide training, advice, guidance and practical support to our membership base and we articulate the voice of our membership at government policy level.
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.Read more about us
What we do
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.
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£20
Access to a separate RCN Members Only funding page within Facebook
NI Voluntary Organisations£50
Access to our Training Programmes and funding advice
Access to our publications including Policy Link, and members' database
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Department for Communities COVID Recovery Programme
Grant awards of up to £50,000 are available. Closing date 28th January 2022
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Rural Community Network wishes to recruit for a full time
This is a fixed term contract to March 2023 subject to funding. This post is funded by the Regional Infrastructure Support Project through DAERA and Department for Communities. The successful applicant will manage the finance and administration of Rural Community Network, a regional charity working across Northern Ireland based in Cookstown. There is a potential for blended working.
For full information click recruitment at the top of this page
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.