Training Opportunities


Parish Councils, Village Halls and Playing Fields: A clear guide to better understanding and co-operation. A workshop which explores the myths and misunderstanding between councils and charities, the role of Custodian, land ownership, looking at the similarities and differences, how they can help each other and what it means when a council is the Sole trustee. This is suitable for trustees, local councillors, clerks and anyone juggling more than one of these roles.

Tuesday 5th July 10am-12pm. Online course.
Cost £20+VAT for AirS subscribers, £40+VAT for non subscribers

Local Councils acting as Sole Trustee: A course only for councils that are Sole Trustees or are considering taking on this responsibility. It covers Organisational structures, Custodianship, how the need for a Sole Trustee arises, conflicting loyalties, practical tips, finances & insurance, rules for meetings, sub committees, VAT, rates & grants, leases, long term options

Wednesday 20th July 10am-12pm. Online course.
Cost £20+VAT for AirS subscribers, £40+VAT for non subscribers


Conducting a DIY Energy Audits of your Community Building: An introduction to the DIY Energy Audit, how to complete it and what to do afterwards.

Choosing the best heating system for your village hall: A guide to consider the different technology options, the pros and cons for a community building, Insulation & Heat Loss, Ventilation, User comfort, Distribution, Controls, Costs and VAT.

Wednesday 3rd August 10-12.30pm. Online course.
The above two online workshops are being run as a package (two for the price of one!).
Total cost £20+VAT for AirS subscribers, £40+VAT for non subscribers


Meetings and AGMs: A workshop looking at what makes a good committee, a productive meeting and ultimately a successful charity. Other topics will include Individual roles, Sub committees, AGMs & EGMs, voting protocol and what to do when things go wrong.

Tuesday 6th September 10-12pm. Online course.
Cost £20+VAT for AirS subscribers, £40+VAT for non subscribers

Please be aware: Payments for courses are non-refundable.


Incorporation for Community Buildings – What is a CIO and how to make the change: The different options, reasons for changing, what are the impacts, the process, timescales and costs

Making changes to your Governing Document: The extent of trustee liability, examine ways of managing the risks, look at existing protection exists and what can be added. An overview of Health & Safety legislation that applies to Village Halls

Writing a successful Funding Application: To consider how and why funding is there, preparation, ways to get your application just right, what to do when you are not successful and current opportunities

Choosing the best heating system for your Village Hall: Factors to consider, Insulation & Heat Loss, Ventilation, User comfort, Distribution, Controls, Costs and VAT. Looking at the best solutions for different types of construction.

Finances & Marketing for Community Buildings: Legal obligations, Procedures and Good Practice, Marketing and do you need it, Principles & Strategy, Practical issues, Unique Selling Points, Effective ways to promote

Risk Assessing your Village Hall: A session to give a better understanding of Risk Assessment and Management, the processes involved, recording findings, when to review with practical demonstrations and exercises. Many Community Buildings do not have a proper Risk Assessment which is a legal requirement under the Management of Health & Safety at Work Regulations 1999. Not having a proper Risk Assessment is considered negligent and leaves  trustees liable. This course will bring a greater understanding of the process, whether improving on your existing one or conducting your first Risk Assessment. This is a physical workshop with a practical session (we will be assessing parts of the building we are in!).

Secretarial Duties for a Village Hall committee: A short workshop looking at the duties of being secretary of a small charity, best practices, meetings, training the trustees

The Role of the Chairman: An examination of the duties of a chairman, the skills required, getting the best out of your trustees and avoiding the pitfalls

Safeguarding for Village Halls: All halls should have a safeguarding policy and appoint someone to take the lead. This is the course for that person and will take you through the legal requirements and what it means for a Community Building.

Starting a new community project: Looking at different types of organisational set up, the advantages and disadvantages, governance and model documents, how to formally register, startup funding, finding partners, trustees etc.

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO ATTEND TRAINING on any of the above topics, please register your interest by emailing us at: 

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