With our knowledge and understanding of the challenges faced by rural communities, we help those volunteers who manage community buildings to make them safe, attractive, sustainable and welcoming. With over 250 halls underpinning rural community life in Derbyshire, we have a wide range of heritage in our halls which range from village halls, church halls and sports pavilions to former Miners' Welfare Institutes, Town Halls and Community Centres.
What we offer - view our leaflet here .
We have moved away from offering a dedicated membership service which means we no longer operate an annual subscription for member halls. In 2016, we replaced this with a new information and advisory service. This essentially provides a basic information and support service to all our hall contacts, but with the added choice of halls commissioning our consultancy service when more in-depth support is required. Halls therefore, are only now charged for dedicated support as and when they need it.
Initial FREE support:
- Basic advice, support and information for village halls and community buildings on such matters as trust deeds, leases, charitable status, insurance, legislation and all aspects of asset management.
- Regular email updates on relevant topics
- E-bulletin on village and community hall issues
- Share experience with a national Network of Village Hall Advisors
- Help to find the best available energy prices for community halls and other community groups through Utility Aid (U.A.) and RAD's Oil Buying Scheme
- Networking opportunities to share ideas and good practice
Consultancy services include:
- Good governance - help to understand your governing document and identify when it is appropriate to amend or replace
- Access to face-to-face advice and information
- Consultancy and project development services
- Specialist training for hall managers and other events
- Support with securing and improving community facilities
- Hallmark Quality Standards Scheme and Good Management Healthchecks
- Funding advice and support with funding applications
- Access to legal advice and signpost to other professional services
- Expert advice for Charities in relation to the role of trustees, governing documents and charity law
- Energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies
- And a range of other relevant issues
There is no longer a subscription based membership service for Village Halls and Community Buildings in Derbyshire. RAD's Adviser can provide some basic information and advice free of charge. However, time spent in meetings (plus travel to and from) and any work to support funding applications, governance or resolving issues are now charged. The fees* are as follows:-
- Per hour: £50
- Per half day: £150
- Per full day: £300
* plus travel expenses
ACRE Information Sheets & Publications
The list of nationally recognised ACRE Information Sheets, Model Documents and ACRE Publications can be found here on the publication order sheet. The cost for both electronic and hard copies are now charged on a sliding scale depending upon the number of topics required. For the full list of Information sheets , click here .
1 @ £10; 3 @ £24; 5 @ £35; 10 @ £60; 20 @ £100 or the complete set of 39 @ £150 (if hard copies are ordered, postage will be added to your order).
Please direct your order directly to RAD by completing the order form and return along with the payment to RAD. Details on how to place an order can be found on the order form.
Training Programme 2017
This is currently being developed and details will be advertised shortly.
Helena Stubbs, Village Halls Advisor
Telephone: 01629 592973
Helena works closely with the Village Halls Advisory Service at Action with Rural Communities in Rural England (ACRE) and attends regular training events to keep up to speed with the wide ranging issues faced by village hall management committees.
- Energy Switching for Community Buildings
- Information for Village Halls
- Village Halls Training
- Hallmark Scheme
- ACRE Briefing PPL & PRS
- Useful Resources for Village Halls
- Community Assets - Keep their future vibrant
Other projects on a similar theme:
Helping local communities to set out their vision for the future and bring about change.
Access to financial services and products and being able to deal with money.
RAD ready to help communities tap into Neighbourhood Planning
A community bulk-buying scheme for domestic heating oil, kerosene aga or clean burn additive
Practical transport solutions to help local people access work and training opportunities.