18th Jun 2020

As we enter the next phase of the COVID-19 crisis many of you will be making plans and putting things in place, in order to continue to adapt and reopen your services, when it is permitted and safe to do so.

With so much change and disruption it can seem like a daunting task to ensure everything is done before you can welcome your service users back into your building or to a newly adapted environment.  For many this will include writing new risks assessments, deciding what services can be offered safely, implementing the rules on social distancing; in addition to financial planning and looking at the resilience of your organisation in the ‘new normal’.

As Community Buildings work through the many questions they face at this time, we are here to offer information, advice, and support.

A new guide has been produced to help you to work through some of these questions and support you to prepare for the future of your organisation.

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 including an information sheet and sample risk assessments.

Deborah Clarke, ACRE’s Rural Evidence and Village Halls Manager said, “Over the past couple of months we have been contacted by numerous volunteers who manage village halls wanting to know how and when they can reopen and help their community recover from Covid19. That’s why we’ve been working with relevant government departments to make sense of the emerging regulations and produce this guidance which is tailored to village halls.”

ACRE’s guidance looks at how village halls can prepare risk assessments, ensure social distancing once open and introduce effective cleaning regimes. There are some practical resources too including checklists, notices for display in halls and sample terms of hire.

You can access these documents here or if you would prefer to discuss your personal circumstances with us then please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

We would encourage you to get in touch with our team to talk through any questions or concerns. If you have been working directly with one of our Community Support Team, you can contact them in the usual ways or email

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