On 28th June we hosted our Rural Futures Conference ‘at the Heart of the Community’, which was attended by over 85 delegates from village hall management committees, parish councils and other community organisations.
We identified frequently raised topics with our village hall support service and organised speakers and exhibitors covering insurance advice, legal and architectural services, energy management, broadband, children’s play, fire safety, lettings administration software and Devon Community Together’s support services; including our support for local emergency planning and advice on funding for community projects.
The event was sponsored by Allied Westminster Insurance, which enabled us to offer a very low delegate rate.
Key community representatives are better informed and inspired to support their communities.
The event has already generated a number of enquiries, including three village halls having asked for help to update their constitutions and two having requested support to convert to a Charitable Incorporated Organisation.
One community is producing a community emergency plan as a result of DCT’s presentation on community resilience.
““One of the most valuable things I learned from this conference is that people are here to help. All you need to do is ask.”
“All of the presentations were of interest and were very good.”