Community Centre Week (19th - 25th July 2017)

Community Centre Week is a chance to celebrate the invaluable work which community centres do.

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This year, we are focusing on capturing and celebrating the history of Community Centres, many of which have come about as a result of local resident social action to address identified need for neighbourhood specific spaces - offering a place for social activities, learning and welfare support.

Our focus for CCWeekUK 2017 is to capture how community centres continue to help address poverty, further the lives of local residents, and foster a sense of ownership and leadership in the community, especially through social action.

​Community Centre Week is a chance to celebrate the invaluable work which community centres do. If you run, work in or volunteer at a community centre – Community Centre Week is for you. It’s an opportunity to stage an event, have a party, or just bring the local community together.

Follow Community Centre Week @ccweekuk find them on Facebook or visit the webpage.

Warwickshire CAVA will be supporting Community Centre Week by sharing information about venues including community centres, village halls and church halls across Warwickshire throughout the week. We want to promote the range of services, activities and volunteering opportunities available to local residents at these venues.

During this week we'll publish a selection of Community Centre profiles, resources and success stories (see below).

 Community Centre Profiles        
 North Warwickshire  Nuneaton & Bedworth  Rugby Borough  Warwick District  Stratford-upon-Avon
 Corley Village Hall  Bulkington Village &
 Conferencing Centre
 Futures Unlocked/
Brunswick Hub  St Peter's
 Church Hall
 Ansley Village Hall  Camp Hill Education,
 Sports and Social (CHESS)
 Benn Partnership
The Kenilworth Centre  Jubilee Centre
 Mancetter Village Hall  Exhall Old School
 Community Centre
 The Chapel,
 Warwick Gates
 Community Centre
 Tyler House
 Fillongley Village Hall  Newtown
 Cawston Community
 The Gap Community
 Graham Adams
 Centre, Southam
 Dordon Community Centre  Stockingford Community
 Claremont Centre
 (Age UK)
 St Margaret’s
 Studley Village Hall
 Ridge Lane Methodist
 Church and Community Hall
 Manor Court
 Baptist Church
 Whitehall Community
 Westbury Community

 External Online Resources
 HSE - A health and safety checklist for village and community halls
 Village hall risk assessment - An example risk assessment and guidance for community venues
 What does good health and safety look like? - Planning, doing and making decisions with risk in mind
 PIPA - Information on the safe use of inflatable equipment
 PPL & PRS Licences -  Information about music licences at your venue
 Village Hall FAQ - A resource answering some of the common questions from Village Halls

Warwickshire CAVA Resources
Warwickshire CAVA has developed and gathered a wide range of online resources and downloadable documents to support and assist voluntary and community organisations. Our local development workers are always on hand to provide your Community Centre, with advice and information about promotions, funding, training and much more, so please feel free to get in touch at any time.

 Success Stories
Hurley Community Association (Hurley Village Hall) - A story about Committee and Trustee responsibilities
Click here to read how a Community Association in a North Warwickshire village overcame their struggle to recruit new people to join the committee, after three officer role Trustees stepped down and they were in a position of needing Trustees or folding which, in turn, would mean the closure of the Village Hall.
The Newtown Centre
Click here to read the story about the rejuvenation of the Newtown centre in the centre of Nuneaton, to give it a face lift and breath new life into the building as a community hub 
Townsend Memorial Hall - A story about funding applications and Warwickshire CAVA support
Click here to read the full story of how Townsend Memorial Hall is a huge part of local community life and the hard work that went into refurbishing the venue in order to keep up with demand.
Warwick Gates Community Centre - A story about local support
In support of Community Centre Week newly elected County Councillor Parminder Singh Birdi and District Councillor Neale Murphy visited Warwick Gates Community Centre  to meet Rev Rob Budd and users of the centre. Cllr Birdi: 'This is a great facility for local residents. I encourage more people to make use of it, particularly so to support activities for young people and over 50 groups'. Click here to see the picture.

If you would like to showcase your community venue in next years Community Centre Week please complete the attached form and return it to your local Funding and Group Development Officer.

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