Cumbria’s village halls encouraged to take part in national survey

17th January 2020

Following on from a highly successful Village Halls Week that involved over 700 village halls, actively engaged 18 MPs and attracted coverage from BBC’s Countryfile, national newspapers and resulted in #villagehallsweek trending on Twitter, ACRE has launched a national survey for England’s Village and Community Halls.

ACTion with Communities in Cumbria (ACT), the ACRE Network member and community development charity for Cumbria, is encouraging all of the county’s 300+ village halls and community buildings to take part.

ACT’s Hellen Aitken said “It’s important that halls across the county respond, to ensure Cumbria’s voice is heard. The national survey will help to influence future funding and support for these important community facilities.

“We know that village halls, and other community buildings, are the heart of rural areas, providing space for a wide range of activities and services. We’re proud to support the volunteers who run these vital community assets and encourage as many as possible to take part in the survey.”

ACRE (Action with Communities in Rural England) has carried out this comprehensive national survey of halls every 10 years and in 2020 is pleased to be working with Power to Change and Sheffield Hallam University.

The Survey will be distributed to over 10,000 village halls across England by the ACRE Network and is a crucial piece of work. ACRE will use the data to help secure funding for halls, to ensure that advice and information adapts to the challenges facing volunteer hall committees and that the ACRE Network can continue to provide the very best support.

ACRE wants to encourage all kinds of community buildings that provide facilities for their communities to take part. Not just traditional village halls but community centres, sports pavilions, church halls, churches providing community use, community centres, Miners Welfare Institutes, WI halls and community pubs providing meeting rooms.

ACRE’s Deborah Clarke commented “Whilst it’s essential for us to have the hard data as evidence to support our work, the information collected will paint a picture of the social and economic impact on communities of having a hall in their community and it provides a detailed look at social change over time.

“We are extremely grateful to all the hall committees that give their time to manage village halls and will take the time to complete this survey.”

To find out more visit the ACRE website: http://www.acre.org.uk/our-work/national-village-and-community-hall-survey

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