Hallmark Quality Standard
There are three Hallmark awards, each must be achieved in the order shown, and is valid for three years:
Hallmark 1 - Charity administration and management
Assesses whether the hall is complying with the requirements of its charitable status
Hallmark 2 - Health, safety, security and licences
Assesses compliance with legislative issues
Hallmark 3 - Community & social awareness, communications, forward planning and development
Examines the role of the hall in community and how it interacts with its users and the wider community
Participation in the Hallmark Scheme is entirely voluntary and is beneficial to halls in many ways including:
Participating halls carry out a self assessment using the Hallmark checklist (below). To achieve accreditation each hall is then assessed by two trained volunteer 'visitors' who are also committee members of other halls in Cumbria. Participating halls are asked to contribute £50 towards volunteer peer visitor travel costs.
Contact us for more information, to arrange a Hallmark assessment visit, or if you are interested in becoming a volunteer Hallmark visitor.
ACTion with communities in Cumbria has been working with participants from seven village halls to design a Managing Risks Toolkit for the 300 plus halls across Cumbria.
The project aims to assist village halls to deal with the challenges of extreme weather events and other risks such as loss of income, issues within committees and other situations. It is funded by the Prince’s Countryside Fund and was awarded after Storm Desmond when a number of halls in Carlisle, South Lakeland and Allerdale were flooded.
ACTion with Communities in Cumbria (ACT) is supporting community resilience and emergency planning activities across Cumbria, as part of a 3 year BIG Lottery funded programme. This includes helping people to get together to share their experiences, think about future risks and what they might do to be better prepared.
ACTion with Communities in Cumbria (ACT) is 70 in October and using this milestone as an opportunity to celebrate the organisation’s past and also look to the future.
ACT’s Chief Executive Lorrainne Smyth says “We’ve changed our name several times in those 70 years, settling on ACTion with Communities in Cumbria back in 2008, but it is striking how little our aims, priorities and ways of working have changed since the beginning. We still rely on a core group of committed people as our staff and our Trustees and it’s still about making a difference by championing rural issues and working with communities.”
Village Halls around the country have been celebrating the first national Village Halls Week between 22nd and 26th January. Here at ACT we’d like to say a huge thank you for all the work you do in your communities and to share a few of the highlights in Cumbria and around the country.
ACTion with Communities in Cumbria (ACT) is encouraging village halls across the county to get involved in the first ever national #VillageHallsWeek starting Monday 22nd January 2018. This is a week-long celebration to say a collective “thank-you” to all volunteers who work tirelessly to keep community buildings and village halls open for the benefit of their communities.
Volunteers from six Community Buildings around Cumbria were presented with achievement awards by ACTion with Communities in Cumbria (ACT) at their recent AGM. Over 50 people attended the event at Sedbergh People’s Hall, celebrating the enormous contribution which Village Hall volunteers make to the communities they serve.
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