Following on from a highly successful Village Halls’ Week that involved over 700 village halls, actively engaged 18 MPs and attracted coverage from Countryfile, national Newspapers and resulted in #villagehallsweek trending on Twitter, ACRE has launched a national survey.
ACRE has carried out this comprehensive Survey every 10 years and, in 2020, is pleased to be working with Power to Change and Sheffield Hallam University. The survey will provide up to date information about halls and the social and economic impact they deliver for their communities.
The Survey will be distributed to 10,000 village halls across England by the ACRE Network members and is a crucial piece of work. ACRE will use the data to help secure funding for halls, to ensure that advice and information adapts to the challenges facing volunteer hall committees and that the ACRE Network can continue to provide the very best support.
ACRE wants to encourage all kinds of community buildings that provide facilities for their communities to take part. Not just traditional village halls but community centres, sports pavilions, church halls, churches providing community use, community centres, Miners Welfare Institutes, WI halls and community pubs providing meeting rooms.
ACRE’s Deborah Clarke commented:
“Whilst it’s essential for us to have the hard data as evidence to support our work, the information collected will paint a picture of the social and economic impact on communities of having a hall in their community and it provides a detailed look at social change over time.
“We are extremely grateful to all the hall committees that give their time to manage village halls and will take the time to complete this survey.”
To find out more, the Survey has a dedicated page on the ACRE website.
The survey is only completed once every 10 years, and as such is a bit lengthier than some surveys, however the information provided will be incredibly valuable to ACRE and the ACRE Network, and will go on to inform how ACRE and Government provide support and apply for funding, and as importantly provide intelligence to share with planners and funders to shape community asset investment.