Peter Couchman is the Chief Executive of the Plunkett Foundation.

The Plunkett Foundation is the organisation which promotes and supports co-operative and social enterprises in rural communities both in the UK and internationally. It provides support, networks and knowledge which offers practical solutions for rural communities that helps to create thriving places where people live and work now and in the future.

Monday, 6 July 2009

Communities Taking Control Launched

Last week was an exciting one as Plunkett prepared for this week's Royal Show. The event will see the launch of our new campaign "Communities Taking Control." This is to promote the fact that rural communities can, and do, take control of the issues affecting their everyday lives. Whether it is saving a village shop, a pub, transport, their local food supply or creating renewable energy, community ownership offers a way of saving a vital service today and into the future.

This is a major step for Plunkett, taking our message out to a wider audience than ever before. If you're visiting the Royal Show, do drop in to our stand (Avenue K, Communities area, stands 9 & 10).

Over the coming weeks and months, the campaign would build into a positive voice for what can be achieved when a rural community comes together. You can read more about the campaign and on what we are doing at the Royal Show here.

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