Advisory Service overviewmore
There are over 240 community buildings in Shropshire run by volunteers for the benefit of their community. These include village or parish halls, community centres, church halls and other spaces where the community can come together for social or leisure purposes.
We offer advice and training to the Management Committees of village halls and community buildings across Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin on a wide range of topics including:
Hiring your hall
Hiring agreements, insurance, user involvement/customer satisfaction
Health and safety
Risk assessments, fire safety, electrical inspections, food hygiene, recording/reporting accidents
Managing your organisation
Property ownership, book-keeping and accounts, trustee roles and responsibilities, good committee working, raising funds, dealing with conflicts of interest, maintaining quality (including the Hallmark Quality Standard)
Complying with the law
Information about Charity Law, compliance with your governing document, Charity Commission returns, Licensing Act, Gambling Act, Equalities Act, Performing Rights/Phonographic Performance licenses, legal issues associated with employing staff or using self-employed contractors
Planning for the future
Business planning, recruiting new trustees, making your building more energy efficient, large scale capital projects (eg refurbishment, extension and new build), market research
Shropshire Village Halls Conference 2019 more
Running your hall (morning session)
Bozena Bien - Allied Westminster | Download presentation
Bozena gave an insight into how best to mitigate claims, what Trustees can do to ensure adequate levels of insurance (and therefore full claims settlement), and also debunked some myths about what many consider to be the biggest risks.
Graham Betts – Shropshire RCC Community Buildings Advisory Service | Download presentation
Graham shared what queries he can support with and how you can get the most out of a Shropshire RCC membership.
Howard Betts - Little Wenlock Village Hall | Download presentation
Howard shared how Little Wenlock Village Hall is trying to reduce its carbon footprint through eco-technologies, plus its plans for the future.
Funding your hall (early afternoon session)
Julia Baron – Shropshire RCC | Download presentation
Julia looked at today’s funding landscape and shared tips on how to have the best chance of success with your grant applications and fundraising.
Deborah Clarke – ACRE | Download presentation
Deborah gave an overview of the Acre Village Hall Grant Fund and offered guidance for halls that are considering applying.
Michelle Cliff – Ellerdine Village Hall | Download presentation
Michelle revealed how Ellerdine Village Hall changed its approach to operations and its success applying for grants, including from the Garfield Weston Foundation and the National Lottery Community Fund.
Filling your hall (mid afternoon session)
Katrina Harrison – Shropshire RCC | Download presentation
Katrina gave an overview on the main social media sites, offering insights into how to utilise the platforms to promote your halls and engage with communities.
Stephanie Hinton and Jackie Cooley – Quatt Village Hall | Download presentation
Stephanie and Jackie shared their ethos for managing social media – don’t be afraid! They also talked about how Quatt’s vibrant and varied events attract people from the community and beyond.
Julia Baron, Katrina Harrison and Deborah Clarke | Download presentation
Julia, Katrina and Deborah spoke Village Halls Week, Acre’s plans for 2020 celebrations and how you can apply for a small grant from Shropshire RCC to help with your celebration event.