CCB’s successful online AGM and Village Hall Safeguarding Training

CCB would just like to say a big THANK YOU to our 40 members that joined us online on the first day of Lockdown 2 (5th Nov.) for our very first Zoom Annual General Meeting. This year was a bit different to our face-to-face event and we missed having informal chats with our members but it proved to be a very efficient way of running an AGM with voting being cast effectively using online polls. Our new Chair Sarah Morland warmly welcomed everyone and voiced her enthusiasm for Chairing the charity with her main focus being on how CCB can work more closely to engage with Berkshire communities to ensure that we are meeting their needs in this ever-changing environment.

Tim Parry, Chief Officer, presented our Annual Review and highlighted how we had adpated delivery of our projects during the pandemic. Tim said “The whole CCB Team has shown great creativity and tenacity in adapting to a new way of working during a difficult period for us all. I am very grateful for the support of staff and Trustees alike”

Our AGM was immediately followed by a free training webinar focused on supporting our members that run Village Halls on Safeguarding requirements and how to approach them in a straighforward and structured way. Our national body Action with Communities in Rural England provided some of the training material and the session was delivered by Kate Meads, Community Buildings Advisor. Kate said “I was delighted to have so many trustees join the short webinar. My key message was to ensure that everyone understands they have a part to play in Safeguarding. Safeguarding is Everyone’s Business. Safeguarding needs to be a part of the conversation and considered by the charity. Village Halls objectives are to provide facilities and activities that positively impact on local communities, so it makes perfect sense to consider the Safeguarding of Children and Adults at Risk.  I hope to provide more training in the new year to help Trustees meet their obligations in a simple, effective and understandable way”.

Delegates that attended the training session were very positive about their learning experience with one learner commenting on their feedback form; “An excellent introduction to Safeguarding for Village Hall committees. We have more or less ignored the subject in the past because, wherever you look up about it, it’s always seemed so huge and daunting, especially for a small hall with just a few volunteers running it. To understand that it’s actually going to be straightforward to do is most reassuring. We look forward to the resources you are developing that we will be able to use to create our own policy and procedure in due course. Thank you.”

This week we will are providing more help and support regarding Safeguarding in Village Halls on our social media platforms as part of ACRE’s Safeguarding Week so please do follow us to find out more Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CCBerkshire and Twitter: https://twitter.com/CCBerkshire

For any village halls and community building Trustees in Wokingham please book in on our more indepth training webinar taking place on 21st January at 10.30am: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/128999634379

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