Community buildings

Information and guidance for people who run community buildings, including village halls, community centres, social clubs, church halls and other buildings available for hire by groups or individuals.

Introducing our Community Buildings Advice Service

If you are involved in running a village hall, community centre, or any kind of community building then we can help. Our Community Buildings Advice Service offers FREE guidance on a range of issues, such as:

Following a review of how we offer our services, your organisation now needs to be a member of Action Hampshire in order to access our community buildings guidance. Don’t worry, though; applying for membership is free and you can do it online.

For more details about the Advice Service and what kind of queries we can help with, just click here. You can also call 01962 857358 or email us.

Community Buildings Update

Our monthly Action News Update email contains important news and information for anyone involved in running a community building, as well as headline stories and news of what’s going on both locally and nationally. We also send out a shorter Community Buildings Update email every fortnight purely focused on community buildings. Our website has details of these and all the other news bulletins that we produce.

If you would like to receive these free updates, please just email us. We are happy to send Action News Update to anyone who would like to receive it but the Community Buildings Update bulletin is only available to Action Hampshire member organisations. Remember, applying for membership is free and simple.


From July, we are offering a way for you to share ideas, experiences, and difficulties with your peers – other people involved in running a community building. We have paid for a subscription to the Basecamp online discussion website so you can communicate directly with community hall trustees and staff across the Hampshire area. Just send us a quick email and we’ll invite you to join, completely free of charge.


Action Hampshire organises regular training and briefing sessions for people involved in running community buildings. Details are here.

You can also see the latest news from Action Hampshire and information about local events.

What our contacts have recently told us …

“That was one of the best training sessions I’ve attended.”
(Sandi Naylor, trustee director of SEHCO, after a training session on the role and responsibilities of charity trustees)

“Since becoming a trustee of a Town Hall I have required advice from Kevin on many occasions regarding a variety of subjects. The forthcoming help has been friendly, swift and very useful. "
(Brian Bennett, Stockbridge Town Hall)

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