Village and Community Halls - National Conference

RAD is a network member of ACRE (Action with Communities in Rural England), the national body for 38 charitable local development agencies that make up the ACRE Network.

Specialist advisers from the network for village halls and similar community buildings have their annual training event in Peterborough on 23rd and 24th April.

ACRE is pleased to announce that Norris & Fisher (Insurance Brokers) Ltd and Ansvar Insurance will, once again, be the main sponsors. Norris & Fisher tell us they are delighted to be joining Ansvar Insurance in sponsoring training for ACRE’s national network of advisers for a second time.

Advisers from 33 counties, will share their knowledge and best practice, including Helena Stubbs from RAD. Helena says, “We are really grateful to ACRE and the event sponsors for organising the annual training event.  We deal with a wide range of issues on a daily basis and this is a great opportunity to keep abreast of current issues and legislative changes.”

ACRE is grateful to HAGs, Booking Spaces, Cameo Curtains, Utility Aid, Defib Store and Community Re-Paint for supporting the event.

ACRE's Deborah Clarke said “the volunteers who manage these buildings need specialist support, which demands time, expertise and money. Our Network of advisers is working hard to maintain this service against a backdrop of rapidly reducing funding for professional support organisations. The annual training event is a great opportunity for the advisers to get together and share ideas about how to help village halls survive and thrive”

The annual training event is in its 19th year. Day one focuses on the new GDPR regulations as well as a Fire Risk Assessment session from Cambridgeshire Fire & Rescue Service. Ansvar Insurance will help delegates understand health and safety from their perspective. Day two focuses on constitutional structures and we are pleased to welcome representatives from the Charity Commission and BWB Solicitors.

If you are involved in running a village hall or community building in Derbyshire, find out more about the specialist service we offer to support halls, or contact Helena.

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