Training for community building committees and staff

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

‘Very good session, a lot of information covered, and opportunity to share ideas & ask questions’… ‘Excellent coverage of all activities involved in running a community centre’… ‘excellent handouts’… ‘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 details of sessions coming soon and sign up for our news bulletins to get details of new events straight to your email inbox.

Funding Your Community Building

  • Are you trying to raise funds for a refurbishment or extension for your building?
  • Do you want to get a new activity started but don’t have the money you need?
  • Would you like to review your hiring and marketing approach to make sure you are maximising your income and getting good use from your building?

Date: Tuesday 26 February 2019
Time: 10:00am-12:30pm
Venue: Action Hampshire’s office in central Winchester (scroll down for a map)

Places cost just £25 each for Action Hampshire members (£35 for non-members) if you book by 10am on Monday 11 February so go ahead and book your place using the form below. You can download the form, complete it on your computer, and email it to us; details are on the form itself and we’ll invoice you later.


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, Hart, Rushmoor
Tues 22 Jan 2019, 1:30-3:30pm at Long Sutton Village Hall
Email Kevin Sawers or call 01962 857358
East Hampshire, Havant, Winchester
Thurs 13 Dec, 10:30am-12:30pm at Colden Common Community Centre.
Email Gary Davis at Community First
Weds 13 Feb, 10:00am-12noon at Fair Oak and Horton Heath Parish Council
Email Rachel Webb at OneCommunity
Weds 20 Mar, 10:00am-12 noon at Broadlaw Community Centre, Fareham
Email Rachel Webb at OneCommunity
Next meeting to be confirmed, later in 2019
Email Mandy Bright at Gosport Voluntary Action
See Basingstoke & Deane, above
See East Hampshire, above
New Forest
Monday 28 Jan, 2:00-4:00pm at Greyfriars Community Centre, Ringwood
Email Debbie Grace at Community First New Forest
See Basingstoke & Deane, above
Test Valley
Weds 21 Nov, 7:00-9:00pm.
Email Mandie Taylor at Test Valley Borough Council
See East Hampshire, above

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.

Training for 2019

Funding Your Community Building

We will be organising training sessions for early 2019, so please watch this space for the latest news. We will also post information in our fortnightly news bulletin ‘News You Can Use’. Make sure you or a colleague are signed up here.

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.