At Connecting Communities in Berkshire the summer was spent delivering our community focusing training delivery through Zoom webinars. We successfully delivered a number of training webinars to volunteers and community groups in Berkshire on subjects like accessing funding opportunities, community led housing as well as specialized training for Trustees of Village Halls. We thank the Adult Community Learning Teams in West Berkshire and Wokingham Council for their funding support.
Village Halls and Community Buildings play a major part in community life in Berkshire and pre Covid provided a fantastic meeting point for fitness & dance classes, indoor markets, afternoon teas, weight management programs, brownies/cubs meetings, lunch clubs, birthday parties, toddler groups, theatre performances and many more ‘coming together’ opportunities. The role that village halls play in helping local people to combat loneliness and isolation should not be undervalued and like many other groups and businesses have suffered from a lack of income during lockdown and a new set of seemingly confusing and ever-changing rules in re-opening. CCB’s Community Buildings Advisor Kate Meads, with help from our national network Action with Communities in Rural England (ACRE), pulled together a course specifically designed to help and re-assure trustees regarding how they can re-open safely and measures they need to arrange to ensure that can happen safely. The course was very well attended and received with some fantastic comments from learners.
“Very informative especially on how to risk assess and when to safely open the hall. Advice about checking the objectives of the Charity so that specific activities may re-start rather than just keeping the hall permanently closed. Have had confirmation that the hall will receive a grant and this will help hugely to cover loss of income and to pay for necessary PPE and extra cleaning.”
“Faced with a daunting amount of paperwork, I was very worried about what we needed to do about reopening our Hall. Kate’s presentation was very reassuring and gave me confidence to get on with the job!”
Kate is running another training session for Village Hall Trustees in West Berkshire later this month for further details please click here.