Moving to the countryside is not all doom and gloom, in fact with a little thought it should be a very fulfilling experience. There are issues that have been covered here but there are also a lot of initiatives taking place to alleviate many of the problems.
The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs have been making extensive research into how to solve some of the problems, In 2013 in published its report and I have listed some of its findings below.
This report, coupled with sustained pressure from MP’s in rural areas has forced chancellor George Osbourne to admit that there are problems with funding.
As a result and despite cut backs in most areas the government is increasing funding to services of £11.5m and to the broadband roll out for remote rural areas of £250m.
AGE UK + other charities
Age UK are constantly helping and supporting those in need throughout the country. They are actively involved within the communities organising events, classes and many other activities that bring people together. They also have been actively campaigning to raise awareness of the issues and raising money to help those in poverty.
The Local Residents
Perhaps the biggest impact into the problems has come from the local residents themselves. The elderly population brings with them an extensive wealth of knowledge and experience and when channelled correctly it can make a huge difference in small communities. The elderly are often found serving on parish councils and are eager to involve themselves in organising local events and village fetes. Even when there is a problem with funding and services are threatened then they find ways to rally around and raise money.
So moving out to the countryside need not be a disaster, what it needs is a little planning and perhaps the expectation of getting involved in rural life is actually a good thing.