As part of Community Centre Week, it’s a great time to highlight the valuable Community Halls Service in Warwickshire and Solihull delivered by WRCC (Warwickshire Rural Community Council). It provides practical help and guidance on all aspects of running and managing a community building; a village hall, church or community hall, or community centre. The service provides for a range of mainly rural community buildings, in which a variety of activities and services take place, ranging from pantomimes and playgroups to post offices and parcel delivery.
The Community Buildings Adviser (formerly Village Halls Adviser) is based at WRCC near Wellesbourne, with a support network of thirty-eight advisers across England, supported by ACRE (Action with Communities in Rural England).
There are 10,000 village halls in England, run by volunteer management committees, so the combined knowledge and experience of the specialist advisers provides a considerable resource, backed up by the specialist information and legal team at ACRE.
Locally, you can find information about the service on the WRCC website. Here you will find a list of ACRE publications and essential documents for running a hall, such as the model hiring agreement.
There is a comprehensive set of more than 40 easy to understand Information Sheets available at just £10 each. These will help management committees to deal with diverse topics such as trustee roles and responsibilities, premises licences, asbestos and car parking. View the full list on the WRCC website.
WRCC offers the quality standards scheme, Hallmark, to promote good practice in the management of community buildings. The scheme aims to encourage improvement in established customs and procedures encourage, establish and reward good practice
obtain recognition from other bodies for the standard of management of community facilities. Hallmark is currently a free scheme open to village hall management committees.
WRCC provides a free monthly E-newsletter containing both local and national community buildings news, funding updates, topics of interest and essential legal updates. To subscribe, email your own name and hall name to firstname.lastname@example.org