Training for community building committees and staff

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

‘The grant application advice and learning from others was very useful’… ‘It gave us a very good starting point for our funding task’… ‘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 – training in November

  • 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?

We have a session coming up that will help you with these issues. See the details and booking instructions below.

Date: Tuesday 12 November 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 2pm on Monday 28 October. 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.


Please email Kevin Sawers or call 01962 857358 with any questions about our community buildings training.

Community buildings forums

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 8 Oct, 10:30am-12:30pm at Sherfield on Loddon Village Hall
Email Kevin Sawers or call 01962 857358
East Hampshire, Havant, Winchester
Weds 6 Nov, 10:30am-12:30pm at Alton Community Centre
Email Gary Davis at Community First
Next meeting to be confirmed
Email Carol Grant at OneCommunity
Next meeting to be confirmed
Email Hayley Hamlett at OneCommunity
Next meeting to be confirmed
Email Daniel Frampton at Gosport Voluntary Action
See Basingstoke & Deane, above
See East Hampshire, above
New Forest
Next meeting to be confirmed
Email Debbie Grace at Community First New Forest
See Basingstoke & Deane, above
Test Valley
Next meeting to be confirmed
Email Mandie Taylor at Test Valley Borough Council
See East Hampshire, above

Online networking

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.

Tell us what training you need

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.