Village Halls & Community Buildings Advisory Service

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We support people running all types of community building, such as village halls, community centres, church halls and sports pavilions across both East and West Sussex.

Village Halls & Community Buildings are crucial components in sustaining inclusive and active communities, particularly in rural areas where fewer venues and services are present. They offer a community hub in which social interaction can occur, businesses may be supported, services may be delivered and physical activities may take place.

Our Village Halls & Community Buildings Service operates on an annual subscription basis, providing email and telephone support on every aspect of managing multi – purpose community facilities.

The service is supported by publications from the ACRE Network’s National Community Buildings Advisory Service as well as specific Topic Notes developed locally by Action in rural Sussex. These combine to cover a wide spectrum of issues, a small selection of which include:

  • Funding and development of facilities
  • Understanding Trust Deeds, Constitutions and trusteeship
  • Licensing and other statutory requirements
  • Widening the use of the buildings
  • Insurance

We also offer regular events and workshops as well as electronic newsletters so that subscribers are kept up-to-date with legislation, funding opportunities and network news.

Information on the full array of services available to subscribers is set out here.

How to subscribe

Details on how to become a subscriber are located on the Subscription Page.

Consultancy Services

In addition to our subscription led service, we also offer specialist and targeted support on a consultancy basis. This focuses on providing detailed advice to individual halls on how to deal with specific issues. More detail is provided here: Consultancy Services .

Peer Support & Buddy Halls

We keen to promote peer support and networking between the volunteers that run community buildings so that experiences and best practice may be shared between them. If you are interested in joining this ‘Buddy’ scheme and wish to find out more then please click here.

Sussex Community Buildings Advisory Group

The Sussex Community Buildings Advisory Group is made up of volunteers involved in running community buildings across East and West Sussex. It works to identify key issues affecting their operation, bringing together expertise and feeding these into ACRE and the National Village Halls Forum to improve the funding and legislative environment for volunteer-run community buildings.

Hallmark Quality Award Scheme

The Hallmark Quality Award Scheme is a quality assurance mechanism that has been developed to promote standards across community buildings. For more information on this scheme and how to apply please click here.

Contact Us

Administrator Claire Reynolds is the first port of call for all queries.

Claire Reynolds
Tel: (01273) 407305 E-mail:

Our thanks to the following company for their sponsorship of the Community Buildings Service


“Supporting rural communities in Sussex to be vibrant and diverse places in which to live and work.”