Community Buildings

Community buildings, such as village halls, town halls, church halls and community centres, are at the heart of our communities in Somerset. We offer a friendly, independent service providing local expert advice and practical support to volunteers managing these facilities.

If you have questions about running a community hall, have just stepped up to be a hall trustee, or need help expanding the work you’re already doing – or for anything else – feel free to contact Robert Horn, our Community Buildings Officer. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Environmental Future Proofing your Community Building

We have a wide range of resources on making environmental improvements to community buildings, which will support your facility on its carbon reduction journey:

  • information sheets
  • case studies
  • resources
  • and useful links.
CLICK HERE for your Environmental Resources

Become a CCS Community Buildings Member £110 (just over £2.11p pw)

  • Friendly, independent and expert support for all your queries (first hour FREE).
  • FREE access to OVER 90 specialist information sheets WORTH £680.
  • Access to our private Facebook networking group
  • Online access 24 hours a day in the ‘Members Only’ area of our website.
  • Regular e-newsletters/bulletins
  • FREE ENTRY into the nationally recognised Hallmark Quality Standard Scheme
  • ££’s off training and events
  • Full promotion and listing on our NEW Community Building Locator.

Join us today and start getting advice from our expert!

Complete our online membership form here

It’s good to know that CCS is there to answer queries about procedure and legislation, vital to the day-to-day running of our hall.

Wendy Hobbs Committee Member

Safeguarding Guidance

Action with Communities in Rural England (ACRE) has been awarded over £100k from the National Lottery Community Fund to promote good safeguarding practice to village and community halls throughout England.

We will be working to ensure that community hall management committees across Somerset have the knowledge and confidence to provide a safe environment for all.

Read more

Reduce Running Costs

Together with ACRE we have joined forces with the energy broker Utility Aid. Utility Aid is the largest energy broker for the not-for-profit sector in the UK, offering bespoke services for community buildings. Utility Aid have created this short video to explain how they can help halls reduce their running costs and how to sign up for their services.

Click here to contact Utility aid

Training & Events

We offer a huge range of trainings, workshops both online and in person across the county.

We know as volunteers that you can’t be an expert at everything so let our expert advisor support your facility to be its best.

See our calendar and secure your space today!

Community Buildings Events Calendar

Get in touch with your local adviser

Robert Horn, Community Buildings Advisor

Robert Horn Community Buildings Adviser

Robert is passionate about supporting Village Halls and the community events that go on in them. Coming from a background in Building Surveying, he has been advising Village Halls in several counties for 15 years. He has been a trustee for his local village hall and now manages a small community centre on a part-time basis. A founding trustee and volunteer for a recreational charity, he also enjoys making music and messing about with old cars in his spare time.

Contact

robert@somersetrcc.org.uk

Call

07931 871375

Join our members’ Facebook Group

Our Community Buildings Members’ Facebook Group is a new forum for trustees to ask questions and share ideas with each other.

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Hallmark Quality Standard Scheme

Developed by CCS and now a nationally recognised award, Hallmark level 1, 2 and 3 awards recognise good management and practice by the Community Building Management Committee.

To find out more click here

Trustee of the Year!

Nominate your Trustee of the Year 2024!

Give recognition to a long-serving member of a Hall management committee who has held an officer position
and has been very active in the work of the committee, or someone who has had a major influence on turning the fortunes of a village hall around.