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Chance to help secure future funding for community spaces in Bucks

Village halls and community centres play a vital role, particularly in rural communities in Buckinghamshire.

Published by Dan Gooding at 2:12pm 6th March 2020. 3-minute read.

Chance to help secure future funding for community spaces in Bucks

We're being asked to share the vital role village halls and community centres have in Buckinghamshire life.

A survey, supported by Community Impact Bucks, could help with future funding and support for buildings which are at the centre of village life.

The feedback from the survey, which is being supported by Power to Change and Sheffield Hallam University, also will help the ACRE Network to continue to provide crucial support to community buildings across the country.

ACRE has carried out this comprehensive survey every 10 years and it is being distributed to 10,000 village halls across England by the ACRE Network members including Community Impact Bucks in Buckinghamshire.

All types of community buildings are being encouraged to complete the survey; this includes not only traditional village halls but also community centres and sports pavilions, church halls and churches providing community use, community centres, Miners Welfare Institutes, WI halls and community pubs providing meeting rooms.

Katie Higginson, Chief Executive of Community Impact Bucks, said:

“Village and community halls in Buckinghamshire play a vital role within our local communities, often at the centre of village life.

“This survey is a great opportunity for volunteer hall committees throughout the county to help shape the future of these buildings to ensure they continue to thrive and bring local communities together for years to come.”

ACRE’s Deborah Clarke said:

“Whilst it’s essential for us to have the hard data as evidence to support our work, the information collected will paint a picture of the social and economic impact of having a hall within communities.

"It provides a detailed look at social change over time. We are extremely grateful to all the hall committees that give their time to manage village halls and will take the time to complete this survey.”

More information and a link to the survey can be found here.

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