Community Buildings Training Calendar 2019

We are delighted to be expanding our training programme for this year and will be running a series of days offering several courses per day and anyone involved with Community Buildings.

7th December 2019: Goathurst Village Hall


  • Goathurst Village Hall, Park Lane, Goathurst, Bridgwater TA5 2DF
  • 10 am – 12 pm: Trustees Roles and Responsibilities
  • 12.00 – 1pm lunch
  • 1 pm -3 pm Funding Opportunities and How to write a Successful Application

Light refreshments will be provided.

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To book your place on any of these workshops, please download and complete the booking forms.

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Post to Community Council for Somerset, Viney Court, Viney Street, Taunton TA1 3FB.

Here is are some overviews about these workshops:

Trustees Roles and Responsibilities
This is a guide to all aspects of being a trustee or committee member and is suitable for both new and experienced volunteers. It will examine different types of trustees, duties and liabilities, charity law, good practice and advice on recruiting new trustees.

Funding Opportunities and How to write a Successful Application
This workshop will look at the current opportunities available and offer practical advice on finding and applying for funding. There will be exercises and group work to improve your skills and understanding.

Meetings and AGMs – How to run them successfully and efficiently
Well, run meetings can lead to a charity that delivers and happy trustees. This workshop covers how to get the most out of regular meetings through best practice. It will also examine the rules and procedures of the AGM including voting, reporting, engaging with the public and what to do when things go wrong. A really good workshop for anyone who dreads committee meetings.

Safeguarding and what Trustees need to know and do
A review of Safeguarding and how it affects anyone involved with a Community Building. This workshop gives a clear understanding of the duty of care and how trustees and volunteers should approach the subject.

Working with Parish Councils
There are frequent misunderstandings between local councils and Village Hall charities. This workshop looks at the similarities and differences between the two and goes on to explore ways that
they can support each other.

Parish Council as Sole Trustee
A workshop which explains what happens when a council takes on the role of a Sole Trustee, the reasons behind it, the practical difficulties as well as the benefits. The course is suitable for councils
already acting as Sole Trustee, any who are considering it and any charity which is considering asking a council to take on the responsibility. N.B This workshop is not aimed at councils acting as custodian trustee as that is a very different role.

Marketing and Publicity – How to make a difference
Most Community Buildings are underused. Many halls do very little in the way of marketing and therefore miss out on income and become dependent on grants. Understanding your customers and the strengths of your building can lead to better marketing and publicity which leads to more booking and higher income. The workshop will look at successful methods of advertising and how to make your hall the hub at the center of the community.

Making changes to your Governing Document
Another practical workshop which looks at reasons for making changes and how to go about it correctly. It is not as simple as rewriting or replacing the existing one. This workshop looks at the
process, the types of changes permitted and the notifications required. The course is suitable for any charity which is considering the issue and is looking for guidance.

If there is a topic that you think we should cover in a future workshop please let us know!