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ACRE and our Network

ACRE  is the national body of Our Network of independent community action charities.

Our members provide comprehensive support and advocacy to help rural communities take action for themselves to achieve a vibrant and sustainable future. Through regional and national networking, ACRE’s members use grass roots intelligence, good practice and innovation across England to give credibility to their advocacy. They help improve the well-being of rural people, particularly those most in need of support, by stimulating local community action and seeking locally-led solutions.

Our Network’s work includes specialist expertise on community-owned assets, community-led planning and responses to rural challenges in the environment, housing, transport and access to services.


Oxford Consultants for Social Inclusion (OCSI) develop and interpret the evidence base to help the public sector and other organisations deliver better services to the public. We are committed to improving social and economic outcomes by providing high quality rigorous research and analysis that meets the needs of our clients.

Since launching in 2003, OCSI have worked with more than 80 public and voluntary sector agencies at local, regional and national level to improve policy-making and service delivery. We are a “spin-out” research consultancy from the University of Oxford that developed the Index of Multiple Deprivation (IMD). See  for more information.


Defra have provided Ordnance Survey data and licensing for the project.