What is the Rural Community Retail Project?
The Rural Community Retail Project is a LEADER Partnership Initiative.
It’s an all too familiar story; the village shop, post office, or pub, which was once the local
Whether it’s having to travel distances to buy basic groceries, finding it increasingly difficult to collect a pension or simply no longer having somewhere to meet and chat with neighbours – the financial, environmental and social impact of losing these retail services can be far reaching.
The Project will initially focus on:
- Informing and enthusing community champions in the potential of Community Shops.
- Influencing the politicians, public servants and media that shape public policy to support the Community Shop concept with funding, regulation and informed exposure.
" What we find is once a community has saved its shop, nothing on earth will make them give it up"
– Peter Couchman, Chief Executive of the Plunkett Foundation UK
‘It has actually given it back its heartbeat. There is now life in what was a dead village.’
– Mary Fogarty, Loughmore Co-Operative Shop and Tearooms.
‘We are sleepwalking ourselves into a situation where we have villages with absolutely no commercial entities’
‘Living in areas where we can easily walk to get our daily needs brings people together on the street and mutual bonds of trust and caring form over time.’
– Professor Kevin M. Leyden, NUI Galway.
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