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:

Contact us for help with your hall or centre

For more details about our support for community buildings and what kind of queries we can help with, just click here. You can also call 01962 857358 or email us.

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.

Regular news updates

We send regular news bulletins by email free of charge, covering a wide range of topics of interest to local charities and non-profit groups. One strand of our news output is focused on community buildings so make sure you have signed up for our bulletins. Details are here and you can see a list of our recent community buildings news items at this link.

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 & Deane
Next meeting to be confirmed, probably in September
Email Kevin Sawers or call 01962 857358
East Hampshire, Havant, Winchester
Tues 19 Jun, 10am-12noon at the Wickham Centre
Email Gary Davis at Community First
Eastleigh
Next meeting to be confirmed
Email Rachel Webb at OneCommunity
Fareham
Next meeting to be confirmed, probably in September
Email Carol Grant at OneCommunity
Gosport:
First meeting held on Tues 27 Mar, further info to follow
Email Mandy Bright at Gosport Voluntary Action
Hart and Rushmoor
Next meeting to be confirmed, probably in September
Email Kevin Sawers or call 01962 857358
New Forest
Next meeting to be confirmed
Email Debbie Grace at Community First New Forest
Test Valley
Weds 27 Jun, 7-9pm at Kings Somborne Village Hall
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.

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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