COVID-19 Community Buildings

We are constantly reviewing our guidance in the light of local and national announcements; as we learn more or should the situation change, we will update our information pages. 

This page contains information specifically for community buildings. 

As we are learning to live with Covid-19, those running community buildings are continuing to face a range of challenges as they try to continue supporting people whilst keeping them safe.

We understand that every building has different circumstances and issues to deal with and we are here to offer tailored information, advice and support to help you through the decision making process. If you would like to discuss your organisation's circumstances with us or would like to talk through any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us. 

If you have been working directly with one of our Community Support Team you can contact them in the usual ways or email info@durhamcommunityaction.org.uk and your enquiry will be directed to a member of the team. 

DCA Support for Community Buildings

Roadmap for Recovery Update - Learning to Live with COVID-19 (updated 14/07/21)

Community Buildings Support Fund

With the support of Durham County Council Area Action Partnership Budget, Durham Community Action and East Durham Trust are working in partnership to provide support to those responsible for the management of community buildings, as COVID-19 restrictions are lifted and activities fully return to communities. 

The project makes available a small grants scheme to help kick start recovery and build a stronger future by providing resources and capacity needed to ensure community buildings are safe and COVID secure. Find out more here

Grant Funding to Improve Energy Efficiency in County Durham Community Buildings (produced by Durham County Council, updated 14/06/21)

Our Work with ACRE 

We have also been working alongside our umbrella body ACRE (Action with Communities in Rural England) as part of a national steering group to produce guidance for the reopening of community buildings post COVID-19 closure. The latest versions of these guides can be downloaded below.

ACRE COVID-19 Winter Plan for Village and Community Halls (updated 22/09/21) 

Sample COVID-19 Risk Assessment for re-opening Village and Community Halls (updated 21/07/21)

Sample Risk Assessment for Hirers (updated 21/07/21)

Government Guidance

The Government have produced guidance on Coronavirus: how to stay safe and help prevent the spread here

Create a coronavirus NHS QR code for your venue

The Regulations for the Collection of Contact Details require every hirer or organisation using a community building to comply with the obligations to register for an NHS QR code, display the official NHS QR poster and keep records for Test and Trace, and every community building to ensure hirers comply. 

It is really easy to get a code, just follow this link and enter your email and full address of your community building. 

Contact Us

If you would like to discuss your organisation's circumstances with us, or would like to talk through any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us.

If you have been working directly with one of our Community Support Team you can contact them in the usual ways or email info@durhamcommunityaction.org.uk and your enquiry will be directed to a member of the team. 

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