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Conference for Derbyshire Village Halls

Rural Action Derbyshire (RAD) second conference specifically for people who help run a village or community hall.  

The conference is on Friday 8 November 2019 at The Post Mill Centre in South Normanton, minutes from Junction 28 of the M1 and runs from 9.15am until 3.45pm. The RAD AGM will follow at 4pm if anyone would like to stay on for that too. 

Village halls are often the community hub, the place where people get together for family celebrations, exercise classes or a regular meetings of groups or societies. 

Not only do halls have to maintain the physical building and comply with a whole range of legislation, they also need know the best ways to take advantage of their hall for the benefit of the community. 

The conference is being opened by David Emerson CBE, Chair of ACRE. He was the Chief Executive of the Association of Charitable Foundations (ACF) and now works freelance advising charitable foundations.

There will be four presentations in the morning:

  • Improving long-term sustainability - Sally Soady, Community Business Adviser from Plunkett Foundation
  • Investment for your village or community hall - Rachel Veitch-Straw, Investment Manager & Adrian Bean, Lead Investment Manager - Midlands, Key Fund
  • Communication, marketing and community engagement - Shamshad Walker, Shamshad Walker Marketing 
  • Planning, funding and building a new village hall - Kyran Farrell (Chair of Repton Village Hall) 

The afternoon is made up of workshops, two sessions of 45 minutes with each delegate choosing one from each session: 

Session one:

  • 1 Income generation & fundraising 
  • 2 Planning for sustainable halls - it's always good to know where you're going and how you plan to get there
  • 3 Online Booking Systems - what you need to know

Session two:

  • 4 Using digital to promote your hall, engage with your community and support your users
  • 5 Recruiting and retaining volunteers - how to get more people involved
  • 6 Broadband and the internet - why itís important, how to optimise it and how to find funding

Tickets are available through the Rural Action Derbyshire website at a cost of £35 + VAT (£45). 

There will also be a number of exhibitors at the conference all relevant to halls from insurance and booking systems to furniture and funding.

For more information email or call 01629 592970. Details and tickets can be found on the RAD website

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