About

About Us

With, on average, 70 staff and a turnover of approximately £2M a year, we support a number of projects such as, community development; fishing and coastal communities; infrastructure services, training provision, informal and unpaid carers, volunteer led projects and support for young people.

CRCC is part of a network of 38 RCCs across England, all sharing the aim of enhancing rural communities. RCCs are represented at a national level by ACRE (Action with Communities in Rural England).

CRCC’s main office is in central Truro, with a satellite office in St Dennis, and PCDT’s premises are located in Penzance.

The Charity delivers varied projects, which are greatly valued by those supported and helps the organisation to meet its charitable mission of building ‘vibrant, sustainable, inclusive communities’.

CRCC is overseen by a board of 12 trustees, to which Karlene Stokes was appointed as Chair in December 2017.

The board has representation of Cornwall Council elected members, with a wide range of interests and skills from across the county. Trustees are involved at different levels, with an Executive Committee working closely with the Chief Executive and finance team. Trustees have general involvement with all staff, which helps their understanding of work and enables them to provide appropriate support when needed.

Colonel Edward Bolitho was appointed as Lord Lieutenant of Cornwall in September 2011 and we are delighted that he became our Patron.

We’ve been supporting Cornish Communities since the end of the second World War. We understand the social value and health benefits of bringing people together to work, play and make new friends. 

We’re part of a network of rural community charities founded by prominent suffragette Grace Hadow in 1920. Grace, who also helped create the Women’s Institute, understood the problems facing rural areas, especially in the war years. She recognised the well-being effect of strong communities and the role that something as simple as a village hall could play in improving people’s lives.

The first RCC was in Oxford with Cornwall covered, initially, from an office in Bristol. In the pre-motorway era there were only occasional visits to the county from one, lone, officer driving down to what was then a remote and unspoiled corner of the British Isles.

Cornwall finally got it’s own Rural Communities Charity in 1946. Led by the Rev. John Pearce, most of its work was in providing support for parish councils, playing fields and village halls. It also provided marriage guidance counselling and welfare advice for the young and elderly.

As the organisation grew, its remit broadened into other areas of community life. Today CRCC is a large, modern charitable company delivering a wide range of services and support to Cornish people, community groups and the thriving network of more than 400 village halls and community centres that we helped to create.

Our work also involves caring, training, offering guidance and teaching life skills for those who need a bit of extra help to keep their lives on track. And the range of services we provide continues to evolve as needs and circumstances change across Cornwall.