Community facilities form the beating heart of local communities. Well-run facilities such as village halls, community buildings, shops, pubs, libraries and transport schemes are critical for the sustained well-being of local communities and their residents, particularly in a county like Cambridgeshire, which is predominantly rural in nature.
Running these facilities often requires detailed knowledge of topics such as governance, legislation, design, funding and business planning. With many community facilities being run by unpaid volunteers, we know this can place an enormous burden on those who step forward to help.
Through Support Cambridgeshire, Cambridgeshire ACRE offers support to member organisations running community facilities. This includes phone and email support, in-depth assistance on topics such as governance and legislation, training for volunteers who step forward to help with running facilities and facilitated opportunities for peer networking between volunteers so they might share knowledge and good practice.
Support can be provided to communities looking to establish new community-owned and managed facilities, exploring issues such as asset transfer, community rights and social enterprise.
Cambridgeshire ACRE and its Support Cambridgeshire partners are also working closely with Cambridgeshire County Council to develop the concept of local service hubs, a network of community places or one-stop-shops that can be trusted and used by local people as a source of information, advice, activity and learning.
To find out more how Cambridgeshire ACRE can work with you to support and develop your community facility, please get in touch for an informal chat.