In 2010, 10 enterprising rural villages were awarded a grant from the Big Lottery Fund to breathe new life into their areas through community business ventures. Six of these villages were featured in a BBC One prime-time documentary series, Village SOS, which aired in summer 2011.
Today Village SOS aims to build on the experience of these projects and inspire the nation to start up their own community enterprises.
Support available through the scheme includes a website and online community (www.villagesos.org.uk), an expert Advice Line (0845 434 9123), and an event road show to help people get their community-led enterprises get off the ground.
Big Lottery Fund is the largest distributor of good-cause funding from the National Lottery. For more information visit: www.biglotteryfund.org.uk