Survey of Rural England’s Village and Community Halls launch.

Following on from a highly successful Village Halls’ Week in England last month that involved over 700 village halls, actively engaged 18 MPs and attracted coverage from Countryfile, national Newspapers and resulted in #villagehallsweek trending on Twitter, ACRE have launched a national survey.

ACRE has carried out this comprehensive Survey every 10 years and in 2020 is pleased to be working with Power to Change and Sheffield Hallam University.

The Survey is being sent out to 10,000 village halls across England by the ACRE Network members and is a crucial piece of work. ACRE will use the data to help secure funding for halls, to ensure that advice and information adapts to the challenges facing volunteer hall committees and that the ACRE Network can continue to provide the very best support.

ACRE wants to encourage all kinds of community buildings that provide facilities for their communities to take part. Not just traditional village halls but community centres, sports pavilions, church halls, churches providing community use, Miners Welfare Institutes, WI halls and community pubs providing meeting rooms.

Rural Action Derbyshire (RAD) provides an advisory service for village and community halls across Derbyshire and hopes the volunteers who run these halls will take the time to fill in the survey.

RAD's Helena Stubbs says, "The data collected from this extensive survey really helps illustrate the value of these community spaces and provides the evidence often required when applying for funding or to support applications for improved services or facilities.

“All Derbyshire halls that complete the online survey will be entered into a free prize draw for their chance to win two tickets to our Annual Village Halls Conference in November as we are keen to encourage as many halls as possible to take part in the survey."

ACRE’s Deborah Clarke commented, ”Whilst it’s essential for us to have the hard data as evidence to support our work the information collected will also paint a picture of the social and economic impact on communities of having a hall in their community and it provides a detailed look at social change over time.

“We are extremely grateful to all the hall committees that give their time to manage village halls and will take the time to complete this survey.”

The survey can be accessed here and it also has a dedicated page on the ACRE website