Who are we?
We are a not for profit charity supporting communities across Cornwall.
Dating back to just after the Second World War, we have set up many services that have improved the lives of people right across Cornwall.
In 2016, CRCC and Penwith Community Development Trust (PCDT) a similar organisation based in Penzance, merged and are now collectively registered under Cornwall Community Development Limited (CCDL) and work under a single board of trustees. Both have retained their trading names and continue to deliver collaboratively.
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’.
Jeremy Hibbard – Biography
Jeremy joined CRCC in 2019 after a 35 year career in Broadcasting. A former BBCTV News journalist and presenter and then Head of News for ITV, Jeremy has, since, been running his own production company making programmes for the BBC, ITV, C4 and SKY.
An award-winning producer and tv scriptwriter, Jeremy chaired the Royal Television Society, an educational charity, for several years and has also spent time recently as a Media Advisor to Downing Street.
He grew up in the West Country, a descendant of Cornish grandparents, and was inspired to join CRCC after seeing the well-being benefit of community projects in his home town. Jeremy is married with three children and divides his time between homes in Devon and Cornwall.
“Broadcasting and the charity sector are not so different” he says, “both need creative thinking, highly motivated teams and strong, clear communication.”
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.