Coronavirus: Advice for your organisation 


Volunteering and coronavirus: How you can help

NCVO and Acre announce new partnership

The National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) and Action with Communities in Rural England (ACRE) yesterday announced a new partnership in order to strengthen the support available to rural communities.

As part of this new partnership, all 38 local ACRE members will have access to all of the strategic, operational and practical benefits of NCVO membership. It also brings an important rural and local perspective to NCVO’s national policy work, reflecting how NCVO is building relationships with wider networks in order to understand and amplify what is happening at grassroots level.

This new partnership allows for ACRE’s voice to remain independent and accountable to its members, as well as enriching their resources and learning opportunities and making them a more distinct part of the wider sector NCVO represents.

Sir Stuart Etherington, chief executive of NCVO, said:

This is an important partnership; not only strengthening our understanding of issues affecting rural communities, but also providing a greater level of support and advice to vital rural networks. It is also a timely and appropriate announcement for NCVO, as we approach our centenary year, given our long history of working closely with rural communities and the rural community councils that represent them.

Richard Quallington, executive director of ACRE, said:

ACRE is pleased to be able to work closely with NCVO to represent the needs and promote the voice of rural communities. Since becoming independent from NCVO 31 years ago, ACRE has had a strong track record of speaking up for rural communities on the national stage, we are looking forward to working with NCVO to further strengthen and amplify this rural voice.


  1. The new partnership between NCVO and ACRE offers NCVO membership free-of-charge to the 38 local development agencies that make up the ACRE network 
  2. Rural networks have been an important part of the organisation's history, with rural community councils remaining part of NCVO until 1987 when the council accepted a recommendation to create a new independent national organisation and formed ACRE
  3. For any further questions, please contact Rosie Walworth on 02075202469 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Site by Clickingmad