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Free training event for Village Halls

Issued 5 Oct 2015

Volunteers from Cumbrian Village Halls and Community Buildings are invited to a free training event in Shap on Saturday October 17th, organised by ACTion with Communities in Cumbria (ACT).

The event will offer advice on how Village Halls can make themselves more accessible to the whole community, ensuring everyone can make use of the building and its facilities. Workshops will look at both physical access requirements and also consider other needs people may have. A representative from the Alzheimer’s Society will be on hand to offer advice around welcoming and assisting those with dementia.

Providing Internet facilities in village halls, and digital inclusion, will also be topics covered at the event, including a presentation from Phil Ruston from the Connecting Cumbria project.

For many village halls which don’t even have a phone line, considering how to install internet facilities in the hall can be a challenge, however, the ability to get online is becoming less of a luxury and more of a necessity. The event will look at the benefits which can be achieved for both the hall and those who use it.

ACT organises three free training events for village hall volunteers each year across Cumbria. Development Officer, Hellen Aitken said “Village halls are at the heart of community life, and as such should reach out to all sections of the community, ensuring that everyone can make full use of the building and its facilities. An active village hall is a focus for activities which can bridge the divisions of age, sex, race, social class, newcomers and local residents, and can greatly improve the quality of life for those that use it.

“A village hall is in an ideal position to support those who are most vulnerable, providing local facilities that can significantly increase their independence and general quality of life. While the requirements of people in wheelchairs are more obvious, it is easy to overlook how life could be transformed for people who cannot see or hear well; have problems associated with old age such as arthritis or more ‘hidden’ problems such as mental illness.

“People with these additional access requirements will value a well managed building that welcomes them and caters for their needs. Taking a good look at how accessible and functional these facilities are now, is a key part of making them sustainable for the future.

Hellen added “These popular events offer an important opportunity for sharing knowledge and experience between community buildings. This is a supportive and friendly setting in which to discuss real concerns and practical solutions.”

The Community Buildings Event is at Shap Memorial Hall from 9.30am to 2pm on Saturday 17th October. Booking is essential so contact ACT on Tel: 01228 817224, Email: or visit the website: for a booking form.


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