What we do Community Buildings Advisory Service Village Halls Week 2022 Derbyshire village halls must innovate for the future Community buildings across the county will be challenged to do something different as part of Village Halls Week 2022 and make a pledge on social media. We will be raising awareness of the contribution village halls make to rural communities, as well as inspiring the volunteers who run them to get creative and improve their offer to local residents. How to get involved #VillageHallsWeek is taking place Monday 24 January – Sunday 30th January 2022. It will be the fifth incarnation of the popular national campaign which last year saw 800 halls complete an online ‘Domesday Book’, to mark 100 years since their foundation. Many village halls are already doing innovative things. Some are looking at installing electric car charging points to cater for residents who don’t have the opportunity to charge their cars off street. Others are getting creative on a smaller scale but making equally important contributions to their community. Helena Stubbs, Community Buildings Adviser said, “We’re pleased to be supporting Village Halls Week 2022 which will be a celebration of everything that village halls can, or could do, to improve their offer to the local community. This year the campaign will focus of halls that’ve gone the extra mile by putting on new activities and services for residents, taking action on climate change or taking steps to become more financially resilient. During covid they had to close their doors to their usual groups and activities, but they took up the challenge to become food banks, vaccination centres and offer childcare to key workers. It will be great to see what they might look at next.” The volunteers who run these buildings – estimated to number more than 50,000 across England – are urged to contact Rural Action Derbyshire to access a campaign pack or visit RAD’s website where they will find more information about the campaign, along with ideas to help them get involved and a copy of the pledge form. Download posters & pledge cards Events Happening During Village Halls Week: Rural Action Derbyshire Coffee Morning - Wednesday 26th January Hallmaster Event - Monday 24th Janaury For more information please visit the ACRE website or contact Helena Stubbs, [email protected].