Welcome to RAPID NI

The Rural Area Partnership in Derry consists of representatives from community organisations, statutory authorities, the private sector and special interest groups and its primary objective is: “To halt the social and economic decline of the rural communities within the Derry City & Strabane District Council Area and to enable these communities in partnership with all interested parties to devise locally led strategies to facilitate sustainable social, economic and cultural development.”

Formed in 1994 RAPID has delivered a variety of rural development programmes over the years, many of these in partnership with the local Council and other statutory organisations, the success of this approach is well documented.  

  • RAPID have extensive experience in the management and administration of funded programmes e.g. delivered LEADER+ and other EU Programmes.
  • RAPID have extensive experience of working with the rural community and have specific experience of working with farming groups, community organisations, private sector and statutory agencies. 
  • RAPID work closely with Derry City & Strabane District Council, Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD) and other partners to deliver rural development programmes and environmental initiatives which work within well defined strategies.

RAPID deliver a wide variety of programmes across the Derry City & Strabane District Council rural area through our ongoing partnerships with other rural community development organisations such as Dennett Interchange Ltd, The Villages Together and YMCA.

Community Help in Learning & Development (CHILD)

RAPID  through the Community Help in Learning & Development (CHILD) project aims to: provide rural families with the skills, knowledge and support systems to deal with transition, crisis and major changes; provide a support infrastructure for rural families to develop and grow together, and, reduce isolation felt by parents and children living in rural communities and ' sleeper villages'. The project will be delivered over 5 years throughout the rural Derry City & Strabane District Council area.

The project will be delivered through a tailored family programme of activities which can be categorised around 3 transitional periods - preconception/conception/0-3 years, 3 years plus and post primary. Some families may transition through the pre-conception to pre-school programmes and activities whilst others may seek support through the transitional programme or crisis support only.  

  • 0-3 programme will focus on health and early development, bonding and interaction, parent and child skills, childcare, lifestyle and well-being, preparing for education, crisis intervention and support for family upheaval (death/accident/crime)
  • 3+ programme will explore pre-school development, school transition, communication and numeracy and literacy (for parents and children), family upheaval and signposting and support structures.
  • Post primary programme (post primary transition programme) will assist with parenting support, lifestyle education/choices, peer and group support, crisis intervention and emotional resilience. 

For more details please contact Caroline Devlin, Caroline@rapidni.com or Mary McNicholl, Mary@rapidni.com

Facebook: @CHILD.Project 


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2 Foreglen Road,
Killaloo, Co. LDerry, N.Ireland BT47 3TP


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