Volunteers from across the county have met with ACTion with Communities in Cumbria to discuss how village halls and other community buildings can be more resilient.
ACT champions community and rural issues, and sees community buildings as a critical part of vibrant, sustainable rural life. Funding from the Prince’s Countryside Fund is supporting ACT to develop a toolkit to help community buildings manage risks and be more resilient.
ACTion with communities in Cumbria is urging the Government to pledge £3 million in the Budget to refund the VAT paid by village halls on improvement work such as modern kitchen and toilet facilities and new meeting rooms.
/Portals/0/ACT Press Releases/2017-02-21 New Trustees PR.pdf?ver=2017-02-21-104044-950ACTion with communities in Cumbria champions community and rural issues and are welcoming two energetic, committed people to join our board of trustees. As a registered charity that has been functioning for almost 70 years, we need trustee board members who can use their local knowledge and understanding to think strategically about how best to support rural communities to thrive.
Our two new ACT Board members come from very different backgrounds and bring a diverse range of skillsets and expertise to the table.
The Big Lottery Fund has today announced a £1 million package to help Cumbrian communities become more resilient. This comes in the wake of December’s devastating floods, and will help local people, communities and organisations to prepare for similar events in the future.
The ‘Rebuilding Together’ programme will take place over the next 3 years, led by Cumbria CVS and delivered in partnership with Cumbria Action for Sustainability (CAfS) and Action with Communities in Cumbria (ACT) – three local charities with a long history of working together to support Cumbrian communities and organisations.
Across the country celebrations have been taking place as part of Rural Housing Week, to celebrate and promote community solutions to housing issues. ACTion with Communities in Cumbria (ACT) is taking this opportunity to promote the development of a new service to support communities in the future.
ACTion with Communities in Cumbria (ACT) has supported village halls for over 60 years with specialist advice and information and has now secured funding to provide help for hall volunteers until 2017.
Committee members from Kendal’s Beck Community Centre were presented with their Hallmark One Quality Standard certificate at a recent village hall event run by ACTion with Communities in Cumbria (ACT).
The national Hallmark Quality Standards Scheme recognises good management and practice by village and community hall management committees, and can be used to demonstrate halls are run efficiently and are a real asset to their communities.
Communities and business along the north Copeland coast from Distington to St Bees are being encouraged to have a say in an online survey on how to invest funding to support the coastal economy.
ACTion with communities in Cumbria and Kolek Consulting are assisting the North Copeland Coastal Communities Team to develop an Economic Plan, to be used to apply for Big Lottery Coastal Community funding.
Hellen Aitken from ACTion with Communities in Cumbria (ACT) was one of a delegation of five members of the ACRE (Action with Communities in Rural England) Network who attended the recent European Rural Parliament gathering in Schärding in Austria.
The delegation from England joined over 200 people representing 40 European countries to approve a European Rural Manifesto.
Committee members from Brough Memorial Hall were presented with their Hallmark One Quality Standard certificate at a recent village hall event run by ACTion with Communities in Cumbria (ACT).
The national Hallmark Quality Standards Scheme recognises good management and practice by village hall management committees and can be used to demonstrate halls are run efficiently and are a real asset to their communities.