ACT's Community Buildings Service offers guidance covering three main areas: Governance; Funding and Project Planning; and People Skills.
Click here for an information sheet detailing support ACT can offer. Additional free support may also be available for some community buildings and village halls if ACT has funding to work in your area, contact us to check whether you’re eligible.
We have a wide range of resources, including Guidance Sheets and Workbooks available online via the Resources and Publications page. Should you need specialist advice we can put you in touch with people with the necessary skills. We can also provide national village hall information sheets, free of charge on request, to halls in Cumbria.
We can help you think about the needs of your local community and to consider ways in which the assets you already manage: village halls, open spaces, allotments and so on, might be used to meet those needs. For example, some communities in Cumbria have started community cafes or ‘Community Exchanges' using their village hall as a social hub where local people can access a variety of services as well as enjoying meeting one another.
Our Community Buildings Directory provides information on village halls and community buildings in Cumbria - useful for anyone looking for a venue, and a great opportunity for halls to promote what they have to offer. If your community building’s details are missing, or need to be updated, please complete this form and send it to us at ACT.
We've updated our 'Village Halls Guide to Funders' with guidance to help you write funding applications, and summary information for many of the grant funds your hall project may be eligible for.
Hallmark is a nationally recognised award, promoting good management and practice by Community Building Management Committees. Community Buildings with Hallmark can benefit from insurance discounts and gain recognition on funding applications as the award acts as evidence of the high standard of the committee members and the merit of the hall.
There are 3 Hallmark awards covering: 'Charity administration and management'; 'Health, safety, security and licences'; and 'Community & social awareness, communications, forward planning and development'
Case studies highlighting the experiences of community buildings, their learning, and celebrating their achievements are also available. These include short video interviews with village halls committee members who have been involved in a variety of projects, and an interview with The Big Lottery providing advice for community buildings looking to access funding.
Guidance to help you look at the income you get from your room hire, and whether this is enough for you to cover your costs. If you aren’t making enough from people hiring your hall, you will be eating into your reserves and you may need to find other sources of funding to keep your hall open.
This toolkit aims to help village hall committees consider the main risks for their hall and to access further information to help manage these risks effectively. Risk is often a topic which focuses on Health and Safety, or a crisis situation. This toolkit takes a more holistic approach to the range of risks for halls, and categories these under four key headings of: Law and Governance; People; Money; and Buildings.
Contact us to find out more about ACT's Community Buildings Service and visit the Events page for more information about Community Buildings training and events.
Many thanks to the following organisations for supporting our work with community buildings:
ACTion with Communities in Cumbria (ACT) is holding a community innovation competition in memory of a past colleague. Geoff Brown worked with ACT for over 25 years, many of those as the Manager of the very successful Fells and Dales LEADER programme. He was also well known for his knowledge about Herdwick Sheep.
A one off celebration of community innovation in memory of our colleague Geoff Brown who was a renowned innovator and worked for, and with ACT for many years.
This £100 award will be made to a project in recognition of the work of a team or individual that has in the year 2018/19
ACTion with Communities in Cumbria (ACT) launched the new Cumbria & Lancaster Community Led Housing Hub at an event in Glenridding Village Hall last week (Thursday 18 July). Speakers included Jo Lavis of the National Community Land Trust Network and Phill Roberts of Keswick Youth Centre Services.
ACTion with Communities in Cumbria (ACT) are delighted to welcome Gareth Douglas-Brown and Katie Milburn to their growing team as two new Development Officers, this takes the small - but perfectly formed - team size to seven members of staff. Gareth has taken on his home patch of West Cumbria and will continue the fantastic work delivered by his predecessor Rose Lord.
The Lakeland Canoe Club are based in Kendal and has been in existence for sixty-seven years they have fifty-two members from around the South Lakes who regularly paddle with them. Over the past five years they have become much more active in river and sea kayaking, having held club events on 153 days during 2018. Membership is being built slowly through an inclusive calendar of events.
In response to demand from prospective members they were successful in a grant bid to us (ACT) for Cumbria’s pilot Sport England’s Lace Up Project. This funding will provide a facility for those in rural communities to become more active in sport. Lakeland Canoe Club has purchased four new river kayak, paddles, spray decks, helmets and buoyancy aids as part of their 'Be Inspired, Kayaking For All’ project.
As the rural and community charity for Cumbria, ACTion with Communities in Cumbria (ACT) supports the recent national call for a rural strategy.
The Rural Economy inquiry report was published on 27 April, in it the Committee have called for a comprehensive national-level rural economic strategy, to be delivered locally via communities, councils and businesses.
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