News, Training & Events Grapevine news Village Halls Week #VillageHallsWeek The first ever National Village Halls Week will be starting on Monday 22nd January 2018 to promote Village Halls, recognising their value and importance in sustaining rural areas. Help us celebrate the diversity of these community buildings, share stories and experiences from those involved 'on the ground' and champion the volunteers at the heart of these local enterprises. We hope that rural residents, hall users, local groups and organisaitons will join in with the local authorities, MPs and policy decision makers in saying THANK YOU to the dedicated individuals running Village Halls for the benefit of their local community. We estimate in Derbyshire there are around 2,500 voluntary charity trustees who freely give up their time to manage over 250 rural community halls. We believe they should be recognised for providing these vital facilities that enable people to be connected and underpin rural community life. They provide vital facilities, activities and services that would not otherwise be available. Dates for your Diary! To celebrate, RAD will be holding two Coffee Morning/ Networking Events during #VillageHallsWeek – Baslow Village Hall on Tuesday 23rd January and Dalbury Lees Village Hall on Wednesday 24th from 11am to 2pm. We hope halls will be able to join us to learn more about the service we offer, share ideas and identify common concerns, tell us how RAD can better support you in the future, identify your training needs and to learn from each other. You can also learn how the new GDPR Data Protection legislation, coming into force in May 2018, will affect your organisation. It's free to attend, just let Helena know if you would like to go and to which event so we can make sure we have enough tea bags to go round! More Information Who is organising the campaign? Our national body ACRE (Action with Communities in Rural England) is running the campaign. If successful, this could become an annual event and a fantastic opportunity to promote the role of village halls, the volunteers who run them and the national ACRE Network who support them. Social Media Follow activities and updates on ACRE’s Twitter @VillageHalls_Wk ; Facebook via @ACREnational; Instagram via @ACRE_national and RAD’s Twitter @RuralActionDerb; Facebook via @RuralActionDerbyshire We will use #VillageHallsWeek on Facebook and Twitter for all posts promoting and then during the event week. ACRE is obviously keen that the week takes on a celebratory tone and is as visual as possible - so lot's of photographs and really positive posts. Finally, the more case studies ACRE have available for distribution during this week the better. They hope that we will be able to get some media support for ACRE Network activities, as January tends to be a quieter month news-wise. Being able to send case studies with press releases could stimulate greater interest - because it brings the story to life. If you would like to get involved, please contact Helena Stubbs 01629 592973 or email here.