Community First Yorkshire can offer community buildings and parish councils a variety of help – from support and advice to direct consultancy work or neighbourhood and community-led planning.
We host events throughout the year aimed at encouraging village halls, community centres, organisations and parish councils to network and co-operate with one another to reach mutual goals. This could be the collaborative sharing of ideas, initiatives, information or contacts. By participating in our networking events, you can get the best answer to your questions quickly and easily, directly from volunteers and organisations in the same boat.
Our Community Building Networks (open to all community run venues) are opportunities for those involved in running rural community buildings to get together, share their experiences and problems, hear about new resources and policy development, and explore topics of interest in more detail together. You do not initially need to be a member of Community First Yorkshire to attend, and you’re welcome to come along from outside the District if the date and venue happen to be convenient for you. Meetings are hosted by Network members and members also set the agenda. Community Building Networks currently operate in Hambleton, Ryedale, Richmondshire, Harrogate District and Scarborough District, the new Summer dates are currently being booked.
Ryedale – Tuesday 26 September, Thixendale Village Hall 1.30pm doors open; meeting 2-4pm. More details here.
Scarborough & Whitby – Wednesday 4 October, East Ayton Village Hall 1pm doors open; meeting 1.30 – 2.30pm. More details here.
Richmondshire – Friday 6 October, Gunnerside Village Hall 1.30pm doors open; meeting 2-4pm. More details here.
Hambleton – Saturday 14 October, Coxwold Village Hall 9.30am doors open; meeting 10am-12 noon. More details here.
Harrogate – Wednesday 1 November, Whixley Village Hall 1.30pm doors open; meeting 2-4pm. More details here.
A new network is in the process of being set up in Selby and further details will be posted here soon. If you would like to come to or host a Network meeting, or have an idea for an agenda item, please contact Kathryn Chapman via email firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 01904 704177.
If you are based in South or West Yorkshire why not join our Village Hall Google Group (see below).
You can also come along to our AGM and annual conference, primarily for members but also open to the general public. It provides a review of the year’s work, new ideas, and includes workshops and training that you can attend on a variety of subjects relating to our work. This event is also another opportunity to meet volunteers in the same boat, coping with the same issues in their community, and reaching solutions together with the aid of Community First Yorkshire. Please keep an eye on our Events page for further information.
Wherever you are in Yorkshire, between Network Meetings you can keep in touch with other village halls/community buildings, share ideas, problems and experiences, chat about new issues or even find or offer second-hand equipment and furniture by joining our Google Group, Community First Yorkshire’s online forum for village halls and other community buildings. You will need to set up a Google account to join – if you haven’t got an email address for your community building why not set one up at the same time? Just get in touch with us if you have any problems!