Spotlight falls on communities

COMMUNITY projects in Northumberland will be shown to a national commission this week.

Members of the Commission for Rural Communities (CRC) arrived in the county on Tuesday as part of their work into two areas of concern — barriers to employment, training and education for young people in rural areas and social isolation experienced by older people.

The commission aims to explore ways of addressing the issues and its findings will feed into two reports for Ministers early next year.

During their visit to the county the team will learn about the work of Young People in Northumberland, the importance of broadband provision to the local economy, the delivery of integrated services for young people, learning and skills challenges and issues around financial inclusion.

They will also see examples of how to deliver services in new ways for older people and meet local businesses.

The visit will be supported by community transport providers Adapt North East and North East Equality and Diversity.

Northumberland County Council Leader Jeff Reid said: “Our rural communities and businesses play a vital role in Northumberland’s economy. This visit will give further national profile to the excellent work that is taking place in the county, as well as highlighting future priority areas for action.”