Kevin Sawers

Community Buildings and Rural Adviser

Kevin supports people who run village halls and other community buildings in Hampshire and Portsmouth. These facilities, often the lifeblood of their local community, are generally managed by a committee of volunteers. Kevin aims to help all these people know how to run their building effectively and economically, for the long-term benefit of the community. Kevin also encourages and supports rural communities to do things for themselves. Before joining Action Hampshire Kevin studied chemistry and worked in education, which both remain areas of interest.

Kevin’s role at Action Hampshire has two aspects. Firstly, he supports the people who run village halls and other community buildings in Hampshire and Portsmouth. These facilities, often the lifeblood of their local community, are generally managed by a committee of volunteers, with only the larger halls and buildings having paid managers or administrators. Kevin aims to help all these people know how to run their building effectively and economically, for the long-term benefit of the community. There is also a broader element to Kevin’s role, and that is encouraging and supporting rural communities to do things for themselves. The specifics of this aspect are flexible, reflecting the changing priorities of funding bodies and communities. Kevin’s first work in the not-for-profit sector was in grant scheme management, initially in Southampton and then from 2006 with Action Hampshire. Before that, Kevin studied chemistry and worked in education, which both remain areas of interest. He appreciates the beauty in a tricky scientific idea that has been well communicated and explained.