2017 Community Buildings survey results launched

Survey 2017

During October and November of this year village hall and community building trustees received several communications from me encouraging them to take part in our annual village halls and community building surveys.  I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who took the time to respond.

Our annual survey of community facilities gives us unique insight into the challenges faced and allows us to develop Cambridgeshire ACRE village halls service to reflect trustees needs so you get more out of being a member.

The results report has just been published on our website so please click here to take a look.

The key actions we will take forward in 2018 include:

  • Continue to work with trustees to help them understand and fulfil the terms of their governing documents.
  • Look at the timings of community buildings networking and learning events to ensure that trustees who work are able to attend wherever possible by holding some future events in evenings or at weekends.
  • Identify potential funding streams suitable for community buildings and promote these to those who run community buildings.
  • Raise the profile of the Hallmark quality standard and help trustees understand the benefits for their building by taking part.
  • Deliver a training programme that addresses the key topics identified, including marketing your hall, installing broadband, and health & safety.

If you have any questions or comments regarding the report please get in touch, we welcome your feedback, please contact Lisa Chambers.

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Appointment of new trustees

We are seeking to appoint new Trustees. This could be your chance to use your expertise and experience to help shape our Charity’s future and support the communities of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.

Cambridgeshire ACRE is a successful independent Charity located in central Ely. It serves rural communities across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, providing a wide range of services, activities and practical help and support. We play a key role in leading and facilitating partnerships between public, private and community sectors, aligning efforts and achieving grant investment which has a positive impact for local communities. Our work includes running the village hall advice service; working with Town and Parish Councils so they can plan their futures and unlock the potential of their communities; delivering rural housing and supporting neighbourhood planning; delivering cultural, conservation, tourism and heritage programmes to make Cambridgeshire and Peterborough a better place to live, work and visit; managing EU funding programmes investing in businesses and communities enabling the rural economy to thrive. Our work with rural communities has supported many generations to take greater responsibility for the development of their town or parish. We believe that communities have huge capacity and potential to improve the places in which they live, with the right support.

Over the last years we have achieved a great deal but there is still work to do. We’re looking for new people to join us who can use their skills and experience to contribute to the charity’s governance, strategic direction and business effectiveness.

The role is not remunerated but out-of-pocket expenses will be paid. There will be a minimum of 6 days per annum for attending board meetings, meetings and events, but there are other opportunities to become further involved with the charity’s work if desired.

Further information about our work can be found at www.cambsacre.org.uk.

We would very much like to hear from anyone who considers this might be the right opportunity for them to give something back to their community. For further information and to arrange an informal chat, please contact Kirsten Bennett, Chief Executive via kirsten.bennett@cambsacre.org.uk.