Tackling rural poverty and social isolation
The Tackling rural poverty and social isolation framework supports a package of measures worth up to £16 million to support vulnerable people in rural communities and target the root causes of social isolation.
ARTS - Assisted Rural Travel Scheme
The Assisted Rural Travel Scheme (ARTS) was developed in conjunction with The Department for Regional Development.
It allows Smart Pass holders (in particular the elderly and disabled) access to concessionary travel on Rural Community Transport Partnership vehicles.
Contact your local Rural Community Transport Partnership for membership.
|Partnership||Contact telephone number|
14Down District Accessible Transport
t/a Down Community Transport
Innovation House, Office 9, Down Business Centre
46 Belfast Road
DOWNPATRICK BT30 9UP
|028 4461 7900|
Armagh Rural Transport
Office Suite 1, Armagh Business Centre
2 Loughgall Road
ARMAGH BT61 7NH
|028 3751 8151|
Down Armagh Rural Transport Partnership Ltd
39 High Street
Co Armagh BT66 8AH
|028 3831 7810|
Newry & Mourne Community Transport
Unit 14, Southern ITEC Business Park
52 Armagh Road
NEWRY BT35 6DN
|028 3026 5635|
Cookstown Rural Community Transport
Unit 4, Derryloran Business Centre
COOKSTOWN BT80 9LU
|028 8676 7766|
Dungannon & District Community Transport
22 Northland Row
DUNGANNON BT70 6AP
Mid Ulster Community Transport
t/a Out & About Community Transport
Unit 15, Station Road Industrial Estate, MAGHERAFELT BT45 5EY
028 7930 0123
Unit 12, Strabane Enterprise Agency
Orchard Road Industrial Estate
STRABANE BT82 9FR
028 7188 3282
|Easilink (Rural Link) 29B Gortrush Industrial Estate Great Northern Road OMAGH BT78 5EJ||
028 8224 8140
|Lagan Valley Rural Transport Units 1-6 PRM Complex Rathdown Road, Lissue Industrial Estate Moira Road LISBURN BT28 2RE||
028 9262 2030
Fax 028 9262 2800
|South Antrim Community Transport Unit 30, Dennison Industrial Estate Mill Road BALLYCLARE BT39 9EB||028 9334 2455|
|North Coast Community Transport Ivan Wilson Complex 277 Dunhill Road COLERAINE BT51 3QJ||028 7032 1234|
|Fermanagh Community Transport 42 Enniskillen Business Centre Lackaghaboy Industrial Estate Tempo Road ENNISKILLEN BT74 4RL||028 6632 4260|
MARA - Access to services, grants and benefits in rural areas
The MARA project is an interdepartmental regional service which aims to maximise access to local services, grants and benefits to support rural dwellers living in or at risk of poverty and social isolation. Trained enablers will visit 2,600 rural households during 2015/2016.
For further information or to arrange a household visit please contact Georgina Wolf by telephone on 028 9536 1128 or visit the MARA Project on the Public Health Agency website.
Rural Support operates a helpline which provides a listening ear and signposting service for farmers and rural dwellers.
Rural Support deals with a wide range of issues - from financial and legal matters, inheritance concerns and worries about stress and mental health.
Rural Support also facilitate a Social Farming Support Service which will establish Social Farming as a beneficial day opportunity for individuals within the health and social care system who are living with a learning disability or mental health issue.
It will also assist farmers who wish to consider Social Farming as a viable business opportunity.
Telephone: 028 8676 0040,
Helpline number: 0845 606 7607
Contacting Elderly Rural Isolated project - CERI
DARD is currently supporting this pilot project, in conjunction with the Public Health Agency, in the Western Health and Social Care Trust (WHSCT) area to address social isolation and to enhance independent living for rural elderly dwellers.
CERI is an extension of the Western Trust's original Flexi Care Scheme (which delivers shopping support, chaperoning, minor home maintenance services and befriending). The CERI project facilitates access to an extended range of services including Community Events, ICT training, Health Promotion initiatives and Health Improvement activities; thereby helping to reduce social isolation for vulnerable rural older people.
The project is on schedule to deliver in excess of 100,000 interactions with the elderly in the pilot area by the end of March 2016 with the best practice and learning from the pilot shared among the other Health Trusts.
Western Health and Social Care Trust: 028 7186 5256
DARD: 028 8225 3512
DARD supports community development with a focus on tackling rural poverty and isolation through improving the economic capability of rural areas
by increasing access to various funding programmes, promoting the social economy, and building capacity.
This support is provided by seven lead service providers who provide a local community development support and advice service throughout all of rural Northern Ireland.
For further information contact DARD on 028 3025 3281.
Farm Families Health Checks Programme
A Farm Families Health Checks Programme is being delivered regionally across all rural livestock markets and associated community based facilities.
Health and Wellbeing
The Programme will provide health screening, advice and signposting to services for around 2,500 farmers, their families and rural dwellers during during 2015/2016..
For further information contact 028 2563 5573.
Rural Challenge Programme 2012/13
The Rural Challenge Programme 2012 is a key element of DARD's Tackling Rural Poverty and Social Isolation Framework.
The programme encourages rural community and voluntary groups to identify a local need and propose an initiative to address a poverty or social isolation issue within their rural community.
The programme last opened for applications during September to December 2012 and grant awards of up to £10,000 each have been offered to 44 applicants. These projects delivered local actions to address rural poverty and social isolation until December 2014.
This programmme is now closed
Further informationRural Development Division (West)
Telephone: 028 8225 3512
Rural Youth Entrepreneurship Programme (RYE)
DARD funds the Rural Youth Entrepreneurship (RYE) Programme for which the Rural Development Council is the lead delivery partner; Advantage Foundation Ltd from Carrickfergus is the other local delivery partner
RYE develops business potential among vulnerable young people in rural areas. These areas have been identified using multiple deprivation criteria and eligible young people are currently being recruited onto the Programme through various outreach events and workshops. The RYE programme creates the foundations for the development of future rural businesses through upskilling, networking, mentoring and sharing of ideas to stimulate business creation.
For further information please contact the Rural Development Council on 028 8676 6980 or DARD on 028 8225 3512 or visit the Rural Youth Entrepreneurship on the Rural Development Council website.