There are more than 100 village halls and community owned buildings across Argyll and Bute run by an enthusiastic and dedicated army of volunteers.
Now, Argyll and Bute Council and partner agencies are hosting two events during March in Garelochhead and Oban which will provide support to volunteers who work to help to retain these vital community facilities.
The council’s Policy Lead for Community and Culture, Councillor Robin Currie, said, “Village halls and community buildings are at the heart of community life and provide space for communities to come together, meet, socialise and participate in a variety of activities.
“The council recognises the importance of nurturing the volunteers who work so hard and with such commitment. We aim to provide support and guidance which will enable them to continue and build on the good work already in progress, and to retain these halls as a core part of community life.
"I have visited a number of halls and feel that we have an opportunity at these training days to learn from each other, so I hope that as many as possible are able to attend."
The events will provide opportunities for volunteers to network, share their experiences and success, and meet funders. Advisers from the Robertson Trust, Argyll and Islands LEADER, Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations and others will be attending.
Advice on how to attract and retain committee members, how to become a registered charity, health and safety, how to increase in and reduce energy costs will be addressed
The events will take place at the following times and dates:
Saturday 7 March 10.45am – 3.15pm at Centre 81 Garelochhead.
Saturday 14 March 11.00 am – 3.30pm at Corran Halls, Oban
For further information or a booking form please phone 01436 657608 or email firstname.lastname@example.org