ACT Urges Village Halls to Innovate for the Future

ACT Urges Village Halls to Innovate for the Future

15th December 2021

Community buildings across the county will be challenged to do something different as part of Village Halls Week 2022 and make a pledge on social media.

ACTion with Communities in Cumbria (ACT) will be raising awareness of the contribution village halls make to rural communities, as well as inspiring the volunteers who run them to get creative and improve their offer to local residents.

#VillageHallsWeek is taking place Monday 24 January – Sunday 30th January 2022. It will be the fifth incarnation of the popular national campaign which last year saw 800 halls complete an online ‘Domesday Book’, to mark 100 years since their foundation.

Many village halls are already doing innovative things to ensure their future sustainability and provide for their communities. Whether that’s installing renewable heating technologies and energy efficiency measures, to provide more comfortable space for use and lowing their carbon footprint; or offering new activities and events, to support health and wellbeing, and community connections.

ACT Development Officer and Lead Village Halls Advisor, Hellen Aitken said “We’re pleased to be supporting Village Halls Week 2022 which will be a celebration of everything that village halls can, or could do, to improve their offer to the local community.

“ACT is proud of the strong relationship we have with the many volunteers running Cumbria’s 330+ village halls and we’re committed to continue to support them. With Action with Communities in Rural England (ACRE), we’ve been highlighting the important role and achievements of halls for some time – from combating loneliness, to supporting local businesses and access to services. But this year’s campaign will be a bit different.

“We know there’s some great examples of halls that’ve gone the extra mile by putting on new activities and services for residents, taking action on climate change, or taking steps to become more financially resilient. Along with other members of the ACRE Network, we’ll be celebrating these pioneering halls and challenging others to make pledges to get similarly creative”.

The volunteers who run these buildings – estimated to number more than 50,000 across England – are urged to contact their local ACRE Network Member to access a campaign pack: contact ACTion with Communities in Cumbria on info@cumbriaaction.org.uk or 01768 425 666, or visit ACRE’s website where they will find more information about the campaign, along with ideas to help them get involved and a copy of the pledge form.

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