Dorset Community Action is very pleased to announce that they have been successful in securing £9,590 of grant funding to develop needs led, specialist support for volunteer managers and trustees responsible for Dorset’s community owned buildings, which include village halls, community centres and youth clubs.

There are in excess of 200 community buildings in Dorset and over recent years, with changes to funding, legislation and local statutory service provision, DCA has been aware of the increasing pressure and responsibility on volunteer managers and trustees and the limitations of current support services available.  This project aims to put volunteer managers in the lead to identify and consider how their specific support needs can be addressed.         

“Village Halls and community buildings are the life blood of Dorset’s communities.  They provide essential services and support at the heart of the community where local people can access them.  This project will help DCA and other support organisations better understand the support volunteer managers need, and to develop a much needed package of support to preserve (& improve) future access to local community services.” Alex Picot, DCA Chief Executive

A Spring conference will kick off this project, where community building managers and trustees will be able to; 

  • access specialist knowledge e.g. on licensing, energy efficiency, marketing etc.
  • network with like-minded people
  • consider future needs and begin to shape how these can be best met with the aim for DCA to producea range of resources to meet these needs

Further information about this conference will be made available via DCA’s website, DCA’s Membership EBulletin and social media.  If you are interested and want to find out more, please email [email protected]  

The official announcement was on Tuesday 12th March on the National Lottery social media channels and local media in this region. 

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