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
Become a member! more
Any community building can get help from Shropshire RCC and if your community building becomes a paid member of Shropshire RCC you can benefit from extra support including:
- Free information sheets
- Free diagnostic visit
- Discounts on training and model documents
- Free monthly e-bulletin with the most up to date information about community buildings
We make a modest charge for some of our services including energy efficiency assessments and intensive one-to-one training or support.
Are you trying to find a community building to hire? Search for a community building using our search facility.
Do you currently run a community building? Think you could share your expertise with others?
Hallmark is the quality standard for community buildings in England. The standard has three levels which enable community buildings to demonstrate that they are well managed. If your hall is well-managed and currently holds the Hallmark standard, we would like to involve you in helping other halls to achieve the same. Assessors will receive full training and attend assessment visits in pairs. If you are interested in becoming a Hallmark Assessor, please contact Graham Betts, Community Buildings Advisor via email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone (Mondays only) 01743 360641
Community Buildings Mentors
We are looking for volunteers to mentor people who are new to running a community building. If you could spare a few hours a month to be on the end of the telephone, visit another hall or host a visit at your hall to share your expertise, please contact Graham Betts, Community Buildings Advisor via email email@example.com or telephone (Mondays only) 01743 360641