Adult Community Learning: Helping Village Halls Parish Councils operate more effectively

Our Community Buildings Advise Service (CBAS) Kate Meads delivered two training courses in Effective Chairperson training in June at Chieveley and Wokingham.

Both courses were well booked up with delegates from wide range of backgrounds. Parish Councillors, Village Halls, WI’s, Citizens Advice and Council Tennant Groups. The course was highly interactive and covered both practical planning of meetings and how to manage committees. In all 32 people attended the workshops.

July saw the last Adult Community Learning Event in this academic year.

A workshop was delivered to Parish Councils, Village Halls and Recreation Ground Trustees on understanding their different Governance structures and how to work together more effectively. This course was well attended by 20 Parish Councillors, Village Hall and Recreation Ground Trustees. We learned how complex and varying Charity Trusts can be and how Parish Councils can support these community focused Charities with funding. Training also looked at how Village Halls and Recreation grounds can support the local Parish Council with facilities for events, volunteers and office spaces etc.

We thank out funders at Wokingham Borough & West Berkshire Council Adult Community Learning for supporting and helping to fund our training programme. If there are any courses that you would like to attend or see run in the new academic year please get in touch – Gemma.Pearce@ccberks.org.uk

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