About Lisa Chambers

Community Facilities Development Officer at Cambridgeshire ACRE

Who would be a trustee or committee member?


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If you ask many small charities and groups, the answer to the above question is “not enough people”. If you ask most members of the public, they would probably look at you blankly and ask what a trustee does. Almost nobody volunteers for a charity because of the quality and excitement of their trustee meetings. People get involved because it is a cause, an organisation, a mission they are passionate about; people want to make a difference by doing, campaigning, interacting and not by meeting to check the safeguarding policy is up to date or the annual returns have been posted! Too often trustees are press-ganged into the role, I have lost count of the number of trustees I have met over the years who were dedicated supporters and/or volunteers of a charity and have…

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Book now for our next Village Hall trustee and volunteer networking event

Networking event coming up – book today to secure a place!

Tuesday 9th April (evening event) 18:30 – 20:30

Making the most of social media for your village hall – this will be an interactive session delivered by Cambridge Online and we are encouraging everyone to bring along their phones/tablets/ipads/laptops as this will be a practical hands on session with Wifi available at Witcham Village Hall. 

This session follows on from the workshop held at the Village Halls and Community Building Conference last year as a request from members to deliver a more practical/hands on session.

The event will take place at:

Witcham Village Hall,The Slade,Witcham,Ely, CB6 2LB

Booking is essential as places are limited at this event please contact Lisa Chambers by clicking here or phoning 01353 865048.

Also don’t forget the next PAT testing training course which is coming up on the 16th May as shown below:

New member of our team

(left) Lisa Chambers (right) Samantha Smith – Our Community Facilities Development Officers

We have welcomed a new member of staff to our Village Hall and Community Buildings team. Samantha will be working for Cambridgeshire ACRE as Community Facilities Development Officer one day a week on secondment from Community Lincs.

Samantha has been a Community Facilities advisor in Lincolnshire for 11 years, so comes to us with a huge amount of experience and knowledge in supporting village hall committees and play area committees. Samantha enjoys the variety and challenge of her work with its many different aspects such as funding advisor, trainer, governance checker, report writer, mediator and consultant.

Before this Samantha started her career as a secretary working at various companies from London to Manchester.  Samantha lives with her son, two cats and a corn snake, and has recently rediscovered her love of vinyl music, enjoys travelling, volunteering at a local nature reserve and is always looking for the next adventure. 

So if you would like advice and support for your village hall or community building please get in touch with Samantha on samantha.smith@cambsacre,org.uk or telephone 01353 865020.

Fire prevention in your village hall

Our next Village Hall Trustees coffee morning event will take place on Wednesday 20th March from 10am till 1pm at Offord Village Hall. The subject for discussion is fire prevention in your village hall and our speaker will be Rob Allport from Cambridgeshire Fire & Rescue Service.

If you would like more information or to book a place at this FREE event please contact Lisa Chambers