Training for community building committees and staff

Training sessions and networking meetings for committee members, staff and volunteers of community buildings

‘A very professional seminar that will benefit me in many ways’… ‘Well-run and informative’… ‘So much good info learnt’… ‘Great to meet other people in the same situation’

These are just a few things people have had to say about our recent training sessions for community building trustees, staff and volunteers. See below for sessions coming soon, with details of district-based networking meetings further down the page.

Training for autumn 2018

Funding Your Community Building

Covering fundraising activities, applying for grants, and other issues around improving your organisation’s financial situation. Tuesday 2 October from 10:00am to 12:30pm at our office in central Winchester.

Places cost just £25 each for Action Hampshire members subscribers (£35 for non-members) if you book by midday on Tuesday 4 September.


Topic to be confirmed

We’ve also booked in a training session on Thursday 25 October, again from 10:00am to 12:30pm at our Winchester office. The topic for this session hasn’t been set so please let us know what you would like training on!

We can focus on fundraising and grants again, or cover something else; practical building management issues, the basics of being a charity trustee, an introduction to the CIO incorporated charity structure… Email us or call 01962 857358 with your suggestions.

Networking meetings

We work with the Councils of Voluntary Service and district / borough councils across Hampshire to run regular events where you can meet and share ideas with other people running community halls and centres. Here is what’s happening over the coming months:

Basingstoke & Deane
Weds 26 Sep, 10am-12noon at the Fieldgate Centre, Kingsclere
Email Kevin Sawers or call 01962 857358
East Hampshire, Havant, Winchester
Thurs 20 Sep, 10am-12 noon at Bedhampton Social Hall
Email Gary Davis at Community First
Thurs 18 Oct, 10am-12noon at Hilldene Community Centre, West End
Email Rachel Webb at OneCommunity
Weds 26 Sep, 10am-12noon at Broadlaw Community Centre
Email Rachel Webb at OneCommunity
Next meeting to be confirmed, probably in Oct-Nov
Email Mandy Bright at Gosport Voluntary Action
Hart and Rushmoor
Thurs 6 Sep, 10am-12noon at Hartley Wintney WI Hut
Email Kevin Sawers or call 01962 857358
New Forest
Mon 17 Sep, 2-4pm at New Milton Memorial Centre
Email Debbie Grace at Community First New Forest
Test Valley
Next meeting to be confirmed
Email Mandie Taylor at Test Valley Borough Council

You can also connect online with your peers – sharing ideas, experiences, and difficulties with 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.

Suggestions for training topics

Please let us know what training your organisation needs. Also tell us if you know anyone who could offer their expertise (ideally free of charge) on an issue of relevance to community buildings. Email us or call 01962 857358. Thank you.

Tailored training at your venue

A training session with people from other organisations can give great networking and information sharing opportunities. But you might prefer us to come to you, to run a session at a time that suits you and covering the exact topics you want. Here are a few suggestions:

  • Funding: grant applications, fundraising events, and more
  • Should our charity incorporate – pros and cons, and an overview of the process
  • Your role and responsibilities as a committee member

Email Kevin Sawers or call 01962 857358 to discuss your committee and staff team’s needs. We will work out how much time the session or meeting is likely to take and then give you a quotation.