What we do

Cambridgeshire ACRE offers support, resources and specialist advice to communities and partners across a wide range of topics areas connected to rural community life.

Our services aim to uphold and empower the values of rural communities by building sustainable partnerships with them.

Supporting community-run assets

Community-run assets and owned assets like village halls, pubs and shops are at the heart of rural community life. They provide a vital hub for health and social activities, education and vital rural services to take place. Therefore, we feel it is of paramount importance to help these assets thrive.

Cambridgeshire ACRE provides advice and support to the existing trustees of these community-run assets. Similarly, we also assist individuals or groups considering how they might sustain or improve community ownership in their own communities.

Cambridgeshire ACRE - work for us
Cambridgeshire ACRE - strengthening rural communities

Championing community-led housing and planning

Cambridgeshire ACRE works with local authorities, housing associations, town and parish councils and communities to build circa 50 rural affordable homes annually. Our work specifically looks to benefit those that could not have otherwise afforded a home of their own. 

Greening your community

Cambridgeshire ACRE can work with your community to help them tackle environmental issues and consider predicted climate changes impacts.

We have a staff team that has expertise and experience across water management, biodiversity, environmental volunteering and decarbonisation.

Our support and projects help enhance the natural environment, improve community green space, help communities plan for decarbonisation and net zero targets, as well as supporting communities with issues of flooding and considering local mitigating actions.

Supporting rural communities
community support

Strengthening the rural economy and employment

Cambridgeshire ACRE leads two well-established place-making partnerships, Wisbech Community-Led Local Development and Cambridgeshire Fens LEADER LAG, that work through a LEADER approach to achieving sustainable rural development, the economy and employment. 

Improving community health and wellbeing

Cambridgeshire ACRE is committed to ensuring fairer and more equitable health and wellbeing outcomes for people living in rural areas, where access to services can be much more difficult. 

Through our various programmes of work, we have seen at first-hand the issues that rurality can cause, especially where it is compounded by significant deprivation and isolation.

Cambridgeshire ACRE works with partners and communities to understand inequalities in health and wellbeing and to tackle these issues at a local level.

Cambridgeshire ACRE health and wellbeing
Cambridgeshire ACRE village halls

Working in partnership and providing consultancy

The nature of our work means that our offering is split between partnership working and consultancy.

Cambridgeshire ACRE works with a wide range of partners, as most of the work undertaken involves collaboration and joint delivery of projects. 

We also often gets requests from organisations and communities to provide further in-depth expertise and support