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.

Regular news updates

We send regular news bulletins by email free of charge, covering a wide range of topics of interest to local non-profit organisations. One strand of our news output is focused on community buildings so make sure you have signed up for our bulletins. Our website has all the details.

Networking

We are working with our partner organisations, the Councils of Voluntary Service 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 across the county:

Basingstoke, Hart, Rushmoor: more info coming soon
East Hampshire, Havant, Winchester: 10am-12noon on Weds 13 Dec, Colden Common Community Centre
Eastleigh: contact me if you are interested
Fareham: 12noon – 2pm on Tues 6 Feb 2018, Portchester Community Centre
Gosport: contact me if you are interested
New Forest: 2-4pm on Mon 4 Dec, Lymington Community Centre
Test Valley: more info coming soon

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

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 for information about other sessions we are running on topics of wider interest.

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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