A Community First Yorkshire event

Community Buildings Network Meeting

Farndale Village Hall - Ryedale District
Quote for CNET on yellow background.: "Utility Aid has been instrumental in saving WWT approximately £10K of unexpected energy charges, over 80% of the total bill. They worked hard and passionately on our behalf." Julia McKay, Head of Finance, The Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust

The energy crisis continues to impact domestic and commercial bill payers. As we enter into spring there seems to be little light on the horizon as fuel costs remain high. Our May Community Buildings Network meeting hopes to tackle some of the confusion around unit costs and standard daily charges. There will also be some advice and myth busting around the best ways to save money in your homes and businesses.

The on-going cost of living crisis is affecting all areas and walks of life. Representatives from Utility Aid will be joining us to present the most up to date information regarding utility contracts and how to negotiate with your provider. They will also be exploring ways to help you save money and plan ahead during this uncertain time.

During the second half of the meeting there will be an opportunity to discuss any issues you are currently facing with other community building and village hall trustees and Community First Yorkshire development officers.

Please note that this is a virtual network meeting, which will be held via Zoom.

If you would prefer a day time event, we are also hosting the same Network event at 10-11.30am on Tuesday 16 May.

Who should attend?

This a network meeting for community building and village hall trustees across North Yorkshire to network and share information, advice, tips and thoughts on all aspects of running a hall.

What's included?

All attendees will receive a copy of the presentations and notes from the session.

About the trainer

Vicki Sharp and Michael Fletcher are Development Officers with Community First Yorkshire.

Vicki has most recently worked as a Volunteer and Operations Manager at a Museum Trust where she oversaw energy and phone contracts as well maintaining all operations including access and environmental objectives. She has also worked as a Youth Development Worker and Area Youth Worker across the Harrogate District.

Michael has worked in the Project Team for Community First Yorkshire for the last two years alongside working in various roles with Citizens Advice. Prior to that he worked on projects for a large high street bank and also has extensive volunteering experience in the UK, Romania and Lesotho.

Emily Berry and Billy Campbell work for Utility Aid, the largest broker in the UK focusing on not-for-profit organisations – currently working with over 2000 organisations. Utility Aid won the TELCA best customer service award for small and medium sized enterprises in 2022.


This meeting is free.

Booking details

Bookings deadline: 16.05.2023 (midday)

Book your place here.

Contact details

Booking queries contact
Email: info@communityfirstyorkshire.org.uk

Tel: 01904704177

If you would like to attend but do not have a Zoom account or would like a short introduction session on the basics of using Zoom, please get in touch volunteersupport@communityfirstyorkshire.org.uk