Village SOS Campaign
Village SOS is an exciting rural initiative from the BBC and Big Lottery Fund.
In May last year, the Big Lottery Fund awarded funding to 10 groups of villagers across the UK to start new community-run enterprises that would breathe new life into their communities, create jobs and provide new opportunities for local people. Six of these projects were filmed for a primetime, six-part BBC One TV series which follows the ups and downs of these new village businesses, from start up to trading. In Val McDermid’s Village SOS Woman’s Hour Drama, Val has written about a seventh, fictional village which receives a grant to turn a deconsecrated chapel into a performing arts centre.
Village SOS really is an inspiring series for anyone interested in getting more involved with their community, or even setting up their own community business. To support them, the BBC and BIG will be offering a range of tools and information to help get them off the ground and kick-start a rural revival across the UK.
Visit bbc.co.uk/villagesos for more information, ideas, advice and downloads about setting up a community business, including details of a range of Village SOS events across the UK
Photograph by Mimsy Møller