A Community First Yorkshire event

Community Buildings Network Meeting: Diversifying the use of your community building

Farndale Village Hall - Ryedale District

The effects of the cost of living crisis has led to community buildings having to look at alternative ways to increase income to help to balance the books. Our July Community Buildings Network meeting will explore the various ways in which community buildings can diversify their usage in order to expand their offer and bring in essential funds.

We will be joined by Leanne Shipley from Community Action Northumberland. For the last eight years Leanne has run a programme supporting a variety of community buildings to expand their offer to their local community – including recruiting and training of volunteers. Leanne will share her experience of working with over 40 community venues, what they offer their communities, how they went about it and what their feedback has been.

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.

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 trainers

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 has extensive volunteering experience in the UK, Romania and Lesotho.

Leanne Shipley is employed by Community Action Northumberland as a Warm Hubs Coordinator.  She previously worked as an energy advisor for the same organisation. She currently manages the Northumberland Warm Hub scheme, which has been running for eight years across 41 community buildings and village halls. Her job is also to deliver the roll out of the Warm Hub scheme across the country. She works with local lead agencies, providing advice, support and guidance regarding the implementation of Warm Hub schemes in line with the Warm Hubs toolkit in their regions.


This meeting is free.

Booking details

Bookings deadline: 25.07.2023 (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