Devon has more than five hundred community buildings, most of which are run by volunteers. We established the Community Buildings Champions scheme to help share the knowledge and skills built up by so many organisations and to work together to advance the running of community buildings as important local assets.

Our Community Buildings Champions are people who have considerable experience of running a community building, often a village hall. They have other fields of knowledge that helps them contribute to the successful operation of premises and some have been Hallmark assessors. They are prepared to give time to your group, to help you with a project or a problem.

Champions Hallmark assessors are experienced 'village hall people' who want to help you improve your governance. They assess the way that you maintain your hall using the criteria set out in the Hallmark guide and coach your management committee towards being awarded an accreditation.   

Champions and assessors come together occasionally to share experiences, to support our training activities and to develop their skills. Their work is supported by the Community Buildings team at Devon Communities Together.

Could you be a Champion?

If you fit the profile below and are interested in sharing your skills and experience with others, you too could be a Community Buildings Champion or Hallmark assessor (or both!).
Experience desired:

  • Experience of serving on a community building committee
  • Knowledge of key management and good practice issues faced by committees (training provided)
  • Experience of working with individuals and communities to help achieve their objectives

Key Expectations:

  • Commitment to taking part in initial training day and ongoing networking events
  • Ability to commit time to phone, email and on-site support
  • Ability to travel around local area (travel costs reimbursed)

If you are interested in becoming a Community Buildings Champion, or creating a local network, please email martin@devoncommunities.org.uk
Find our about Network events happening across the County here.

If you require further information please contact us on 01392 248919, email martin@devoncommunities.org.uk