At the heart of most communities is a community building. More than just a space to let, these buildings have a unique opportunity to support the diverse needs of their community. Ensuring they are managed effectively is vital due to the important impact they can have on the lives of their local community.
The guide and links below provide a good overview of most areas which might be of interest. Please select from the list below to find out more.
1. Manage energy use in your community building
This guide has been prepared by Moira Dorey and Michael Esvelt of EiE at Oxford Brookes University; it offers guidance and tips on all aspects of efficiently managing energy in a community building.
Action with Communities in Rural England is a Village and Community Halls Network that provides an opportunity for members to air their views and consolidate them in the development of policies in support of village halls and similar rural community buildings.
The Charities Facilities Management Group is an informal network for people who look after property and facilities in the voluntary sector. Their mission is to strengthen the voluntary sector by promoting good practice in property management and facilities management.
Action Hampshire offers a Community Building Advice Service including information and guidance for people who run community buildings, including village halls, community centres, social clubs, church halls and other buildings available for hire by groups or individuals.
Ethical Eats and Making Local Food Work have produced a factsheet to help new and existing community cafés get to grips with the basics of running a successful enterprise.