The Rural Community Network (RCN) is a voluntary organisation established by local community organisations to articulate the voice of rural communities on issues relating to poverty, disadvantage and equality.
Formed in 1991, we are a membership organisation with over 500 members. RCN is managed by a voluntary committee, elected every 2 years, made up of 2 community representatives from each of the 6 counties of Northern Ireland, along with farming, environmental, district council, cross border and voluntary organisations representatives. We attempt to reflect a broad geographical, gender and religious mix in our membership and committee. Currently RCN employ a number of staff who carry out the work of the organisation.
RCN is a registered charity. It is core funded by the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development with the remainder of its resources coming from charitable trusts, membership fees and project income.
Our mission is to provide an effective voice for and support to rural communities, particularly those who are most disadvantaged.