Parish & Village Organisations
Support Staffordshire works with a wide variety of parish and village based organisations throughout the county. They include groups attached to local churches, schools, community centres, village halls, shops and even pubs. Many groups provide local services and activities from village halls in particular. Village or parish halls can often be the key hubs in their communities and are usually run by separate village hall committees.
We also work with, and alongside, parish and town councils, who whilst statutory and not part of the VCSE sector, often have similar approaches to other community based groups in supporting local activity, and they may also be eligible for some community grant funding. Parish councils can also provide match funding for local community projects or even help provide the up-front cash for a project when grant funding can only be paid in arrears (for example with some Heritage Lottery Fund projects).
Action with Communities in Rural England (ACRE)
Support Staffordshire is the ACRE Network Partner for Staffordshire. We support a range of rural organisations with a particular focus on the important role of village halls.
There are 10,000 village halls In England representing the largest network of community owned facilities in rural Britain. This includes a range of rural buildings such as church halls and community centres which are used for a wide variety of activities. They also frequently provide a meeting point for the rural community, providing vital and diverse support to improve quality of life.
Volunteer management committees ensure the continued operation of village halls however they face ongoing challenges such as meeting legislative requirements, and ensuring they are financially sustainable, frequently through fundraising.
Some halls face difficulties recruiting volunteers due mainly to an ageing population in rural areas. However, with the support of the ACRE Network and Village Hall Information Service the challenges facing community buildings can be overcome.
For further information please visit the Action with Communities in Rural England website.
Staffordshire Parish Councils Association
The Association is a network for communications, and lobbies on behalf of Parish Councils to represent their interests. It is a source of information for Parish and Town Councils across the whole spectrum of a Council's business including providing free legal and financial advice.
The Association aims to promote good local government and grassroots democracy, by keeping Councils up to date with the latest developments.
For further information go to www.spcaonline.org.uk or phone 01785 277499 or 01785 895353.
There are over 180 parish and town councils across Staffordshire, ranging from very small rural parishes like Fawfieldhead Parish Council in the Staffordshire Moorlands to Stone Town Council in Stafford Borough.
A full list can be found on Staffordshire County Council’s website.
For further information, or an informal chat, about how we can help you on this subject or any other, please contact your locality office during their opening hours, or on 0300 777 1207 anytime Monday to Friday, 9am - 4pm. You can also email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
See also Area of Activity…Environment, Rural, Sustainability & Animals