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.
Community Building Networks in North Yorkshire
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, Scarborough and Selby districts.
See our networkspage for upcoming Community Building Network meetings.
We have a closed Facebook group for committee members of village halls. We now have over 250 members from across Yorkshire who regularly post questions and support each other with the answers. The group is for trustees to share their thoughts, actions and questions on all aspects of Hall management. You will need a Facebook account to join, please contact us if you need guidance on this. If you already have a Facebook account please click here to join.
We have general information available to all organisations via our website, currently this includes a dedicated community buildings and village hall section on reopening post covid.
Safeguarding for village halls and community buildings
Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility.
Community First Yorkshire promotes good safeguarding practice to village and community halls throughout Yorkshire. We want to make sure that the voluntary management committees that run halls and community buildings in Yorkshire have the knowledge and confidence to provide a safe environment for all.
We want to improve the awareness of the importance of safeguarding, provide advice and examples of best practice to ensure management committees fully understand their responsibilities and current legislation around safeguarding, and have appropriate and proportionate policies and procedures in place.
We have put together information, template policies and procedures, useful safeguarding links and training information all in one place for you here.
We have a number of podcasts available for village halls to listen to here.
There is also The Village Halls Podcast which is sponsored by Allied Westminster and is available here.