Community halls and centres - connect with your peers


For committee members and staff at village halls, community associations, and other organisations that hire out their premises to a range of other groups.

Do you ever feel isolated in your role, stuck for ideas and wishing you could find out what other organisations do to tackle the issues that you’re struggling with?

We can help you make connections and share ideas with people who run community centres and halls across Hampshire. We’re offering two ways you can join in with our network:

Connect online with your peers: We run an online message board using the Basecamp platform. We’ve got over 70 people signed up from community buildings across Hampshire, from Ringwood in the south-west to Hartley Wintney in the north-east. Here are some recent discussion topics people have covered on Basecamp:

  • How to demonstrate impact in your grant applications
  • Ways of taking event bookings online
  • How much to charge for hiring out equipment like tables and chairs

This is a great way of making links and sharing experiences with other people who run Hampshire’s community centres and halls. It’s free for Action Hampshire members so send us an email if you’d like to join in the online networking and check out this short tutorial video to see how it all works.

Face-to-face networking meetings: We also work with several partner organisations to run regular events where you can connect with other people running community halls and centres. These take place across the whole of Hampshire, every 3 months or so in most areas – see below for meetings coming up soon and for a full list click here.

New Forest
Mon 9 Sep, 2:30-4:30pm at Avonway Community Centre, Fordingbridge
Email Debbie Grace at Community First New Forest
Thurs 26 Sep, 1:00-3:00pm at Portchester Community Centre
Email Rachel Webb at OneCommunity

For organisations based around Basingstoke and in the north of Hampshire, we’ve just confirmed the next meeting. It’s on Tuesday 8 October from 10:30am to 12:30pm at Sherfield on Loddon Village Hall. Please email us to log your interest.

The latest dates for networking meetings across Hampshire are on our website here, along with details of who to contact for each area.