Community Action Northumberland (CAN) supports and helps sustain rural communities in Northumberland by:
- promoting rural issues – providing and supporting a ‘rural voice’ to influence and tackle rural community issues
- Empowering organisations – supporting and developing local community groups and organisations.
- Supporting individuals – identifying, developing and managing projects to address the needs of rural communities.
CAN was initially set up as the Community Council of Northumberland in 1951. CAN is one of 38 Rural Community Councils across England which operate as a network under the umbrella of our national body ACRE (Action with Communities in Rural England). RCCs are charitable local development agencies, generally based at county level, which lead, support and enable community initiatives, reaching 50,000 grassroots organisations.