Buckinghamshire Community Buildings

Community buildings and village halls are very often at the heart of rural communities, providing essential services and activities to the local area. As the Rural Community Council for Buckinghamshire and member of Action with Communities in Rural England (ACRE), we offer a Community Buildings Service providing light touch advice and information to community building management committees. See below for more details.

COVID-19 Support

UPDATE: Latest Information for Community Buildings and Village Halls

Village and community halls are now able to open their doors and are looking forward to helping their communities get back together for a wide range of events and activities.

Our umbrella organisation ACRE has published its latest information sheet to help halls reopen.  The new information sheet and appendices are ACRE’s best interpretation of the current Government’s regulations.

You can download the revised Information Sheet and the Appendices here

COMMUNITY BUILDINGS SERVICE 2021-2022

Community Impact Bucks is the Rural Community Council for Buckinghamshire. We recognise that a community building or village hall can be the most valuable asset of any community and can provide facilities for social, educational and recreational activities for people of all ages.

At Community Impact Bucks, we provide a subscription service for Management Committees across Buckinghamshire.

Subscriber benefits include:

  • Automatically receiving updates on the latest COVID guidance for community buildings as soon as it is made available by our umbrella organisation Action with Communities in Rural England (ACRE)
  • All new subscribers receive a “Village Hall Management Healthcheck” document. This checklist highlights the legal requirements and good practice for your village hall (excluding COVID measures), from managing the premises, to managing a charity, staff, volunteers, and finances
  • Zoom Meetings: providing light touch advice and information, and an opportunity to meet other community building representatives and share knowledge and experiences
  • We offer a ‘light touch’ advice and information service including one to one telephone and email support on a range of issues including: insurance, building work, employment, health and safety, governance, constitutions, and volunteers. We are very lucky to have available the services of a specialist volunteer who can provide up to 4 hours support and advice for more complex issues on a case-by-case basis
  • Free access to 42 National Village Hall information sheets from ACRE (normally £10 each) and model documents. See our website for the full list or we can email it to you
  • Membership of the National Village & Community Halls Network – providing a route for management committees to lobby and influence relevant government policy and legislation
  • A free Rural Community Profile – rich, quantitative data for your area, to help you decide on activities that will help your community building serve the needs of your local community
  • 10% discount on Community Impact Bucks workshops and training courses.

The subscription fee is £60 for the year from 1 April 2021 – 31 March 2022.

To find out more and to subscribe, please complete and return the Community Buildings information & subscription form 2021-22  (Word document download) or email: frankie@communityimpactbucks.org.uk

GUIDANCE FOR COMMUNITY BUILDINGS - GRANTS

As you may be aware the Government is providing support via local authorities to businesses impacted by national or local restrictions.

Buckinghamshire Additional Restrictions Grant  This grant is now closed. If you need information about your application, please, contact discretionaryfund@buckinghmshire.gov.uk

Buckinghamshire Council Community Board Funding

Details can be found on the webpage. Before making an application, it is important that you discuss your applications with your Community Board Coordinator to make sure your application would be eligible and that there are sufficient funds available.

Milton Keynes 

Government grants information for community buildings in Milton Keynes can be found on the Milton Keynes Council webpages and here.

Milton Keynes Community Foundation – Strategic Recovery 

Since the beginning of the COVID19 pandemic MK Community Foundation launched an emergency appeal to support the local Voluntary, Community and Cultural sector (VCCS) to respond and support the most vulnerable people in our society especially those adversely effected by the virus. During the emergency phase of the grant programme, the Community Foundation has supported grants to the value of over £1,000,000.

It is now essential that MK Community Foundation provides sustainable funding through the COVID-19 MK Recovery Fund to support the future sustainability of organisations and adapting to new ways of providing services.  See the MK Community Foundation webpage for more information.

A further list of grants for the Milton Keynes area can be found on the Community Action MK webpage.

 

SAFEGUARDING

More information can be found on our safeguarding webpage.

VILLAGE HALLS WEEK 2021

Village Halls Week 2021: 25 January – 29 January 2021 – Celebrating 100 Years Together

Village Halls Week is a national celebration of village halls, their volunteers, and the services they offer in their communities.

This last year has brought difficulty to everyone. We have seen rural communities pull through and support one another in every way they can, both online and in supporting neighbours as safely as possible.

This year, the spotlight for Village Hall Week 2021 was on how village halls have been key in supporting their communities both during the pandemic but also in previous times of struggle. We know that the volunteers who run these buildings have devoted an enormous amount of time and energy so that wherever possible they can continue offering a safe space for community activities when they are needed most. Take a look at our short video highlighting these amazing efforts 👇

Even though the week has ended, you can still get involved by signing ACRE’s Domesday Book, telling ACRE about the activities and events you host and the difference it has made to people in your community.

For more information about the online events that ACRE held over the course of the week on the ACRE webpage.

Listen to our Chief Executive Katie Higginson and Karen Dickson from Chalfont St Peter Community Centre on Bucks Breakfast talking about #VillageHallsWeek and how important community buildings are to local communities by clicking on this link.

Image courtesy of St Francis's Children Society