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Suffolk Village Halls and Community Buildings Conference workshops just announced. Only 9 days left to book!

The workshops for Suffolk Village Halls and Community Buildings Conference have just been announced, with some invaluable support on offer, from funding to insurance.

The Suffolk Village Halls and Community Buildings Conference will take place on:

Thursday 2 November 2017
10am to 3:30pm
at The Blackbourne Centre, Elmswell
Places: £25 
(including lunch and refreshments)

If you represent a Village Hall Management committee, or as a trustee, bookings clerk, community council member, Parish Council lead or volunteer, the conference will be of interest to you.

Conference workshops

Becoming a Charitable Incorporated Organisation: Introduction and overview of legal process and key considerations
Liz Brownsell, Senior Associate Birketts Solicitors

Many village halls and community buildings are unincorporated charities, yet they own property, often act as landlords, and provide services to members of the public. As such, there is a risk of claims being made against the charity by third parties. For unincorporated charities, this brings with it a risk of personal liability for the Trustees / Managing Committee Members. Find out more about how becoming a Charitable Incorporated Organisation can help to break down that barrier, as it provides the Trustees of village halls and Managing Committee Members of community buildings with significant protection from claims by third parties against the charity.

Funding Surgery
Specialist advisors from Community Action Suffolk, Suffolk Community Foundation, Suffolk County Council and Babergh & Mid Suffolk District Councils will provide the opportunity for delegates to discuss your specific community buildings funding needs in pre booked 15 minutes time slots.

Governance Support
Localities Officers, Community Action Suffolk
It is important to have the correct governance, policies and procedures in place for your community building and our Locality Officers Governance Workshop can support you with this. Whether you are an established organisation or thinking about starting up a group, this workshop will offer advice and help.

Professional Services
Suffolk ProHelp, run by Community Action Suffolk, is a network of businesses providing professional and strategic support free of charge to voluntary, community or social enterprises that are otherwise unable to afford it. This workshop will provide more information about how the ProHelp works, support available and criteria for applying to the scheme.
Community Action Suffolk Business Support will help if you are looking to grow your organisation, want support to make changes or underpin organic growth. CAS’s Business Support Officer, Sabrina Ward, will outline assistance available to help all sizes and types organisations to create a Business Plans that will be fit for purpose.

Village Halls & Community Building Insurance
Lorna Hart, Insurance Manager, Community Action Suffolk
Community Action Suffolk’s Insurance Team is dedicated to supporting the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) sector. Find out more regarding our insurance policies to provide peace of mind and understand the protection needed by an organisation operating in the VCSE sector.

Electrical testing for your Community Buildings
Quick Test has trained many people from village halls and community buildings around the country to carry out Electrical appliance risk assessments inspect electrical appliances and carry out their own PAT testing. Our aim is to educate people on their responsibilities on the safety of electrical appliances in community buildings every day of the year and not just the ‘PAT testing’ day.

Interactive Support for Yourhall
Matt Morling, IT Manager, Community Action Suffolk
Matt will lead a discussion and feedback session on the use of online technologies by Community Buildings and how best we can support them with the challenges of the modern age.