In This Together Project – RCN | Update 4

17 July 2020

People connecting | NICRC

The Rural Community Network (RCN), who are core funded by the Community Relations Council, has continued to deliver a special digital project during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The “In This Together Project – Rural Communities, Rural Connections” showcases how local groups have supported their communities.

Armoy Community Association

This week we feature a project from Armoy Community Association in North Antrim.

William McMullan, a volunteer with Armoy Community Association, talks about the community response in Armoy:


As the lockdown started, Armoy Community Association put out a call for volunteers to help with projects to support the local community. They were overwhelmed with the response with 36 volunteers coming forward, which enabled they to deliver several key projects. They began a hot meal delivery service with vulnerable households receiving hot meal deliveries twice a week. They also developed a chat and check-up service, where a small group of volunteers phoned people who were shielding for a chat; this was a lifeline for many isolated older people in the area. They also provided online science videos for children, as well as online competitions and initiatives for young people.


The Best of Rural Communities

RCN are showcasing the best of rural communities and how individual and collective action help others.

Charmain Jones CSI officer with RCN said: “Whilst this pandemic continues, we will be posting videos and short stories from individuals working in the community either paid or voluntary, and hear from them first-hand about how we are In This Together.”

Videos and stories will appear on the RCN website.

Find out more about RCN’s In this together Project here:


Further Information

RCN is funded by the Community Relations Council’s core funding scheme. Learn more about our core funding scheme.


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