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Fiona - Electric Tricycle User, Age 51. 'I purchased an electric tricycle as I have Multiple Sclerosis and can no longer ride a bicycle due to poor balance and mobility issues. I have found that being out on my tricycle that my fitness has improved and it has had an impact on weight loss. With the pedal assist I am still able to pedal and use my legs which is important to keep my muscles active, reduce numbness and I am also able to cycle further including hills and this also helps with fatigue as I tire easily. I have enjoyed being able to access local rural areas which has had a positive impact on my mental health and wellbeing, especially during this difficult time due to Covid-19 and being isolated as a clinically vulnerable person. This has meant that I have been able to get out of the house and feel safe whilst exercising. There are a lot of support groups on social media where I have met other like minded cyclists who have offered invaluable support and advice and I have met up with another lady tricycle rider as a riding companion.'
Mrs Surfleet a registered customer of the car scheme thanked HWRA for an excellent service and also to personally thank the driver, Terry for his help and assitance in providing transport to her medical appointment.
Wheels to Work North Lincolnshire Scheme - John from Grimsby ‘I joined the scheme in 2021 after hearing about it from a family member. I was in need of transport to get to and from work as I had my motorbike stolen and was not able to replace it. As a short-term arrangement I was relying on a family member to take and pick me up from work. For me the key benefit of the wheels to work scheme was that it provided me with a scooter that enabled me to get to and from work, it also gave me back independence and freedom. I would definitely recommend the scheme and I have done so to friends who are need of transport to get to work. Don’t’ underestimate the scooters as they are extremely reliable . My experience of the scheme was great, and I was glad that I was successful in receiving a scooter via the scheme’.
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Village Halls Advisory Service

Village Hall Advisory Service

There are 10,000 village halls in England which represent the largest network of community-owned facilities in rural Britain.  At the heart of rural community life, they provide a hub for social activities, classes and services such as post offices, doctors' surgeries and shops.

The term 'village hall' covers a range of rural buildings, including church halls, and community centres, in which a variety of activities take place- from panto mimes to playgroups.

Village halls often provide the only place to meet within a rural community, providing vital and diverse support to improve quality of life, particularly for those who are least able to travel to more distant centres of activity.

The key to the continuing survival of village halls is the volunteer management committees who have to deal with an increasing burden of legislation yet manage to keep their halls finanacially sustainable mostly by earning their own income and local fundraising.

Supported by Action with Communities in Rural England (ACRE), the HWRA Village Halls advisor helps community volunteers to manage their buildings by:

  • Having local knowledge and an understanding of the issues in the area
  • Providing information, training and advice, by telephone, electronically and through a range of publications
  • Building relationships with parish councils and public service partners
  • Carrying out research that provides detailed data on issues affecting halls
  • Promoting and raising the profile of village halls at local, regional and national levels

On the national stage, ACRE speaks up for village halls, ensuring Government policymakers are aware of the challenges faced by volunteers who are struggling with red-tape and the demands of managing a community building. ACRE works with the Charity Commission as one of four partners, to provide advice and guidance on land and property issues.

ACRE developed and manages Hallmark, a quality standard scheme for village halls to reward and recognise good practice. Achievement of the quality standards- level 1, 2 and 3 also attracts reductions in insurance costs with some suppliers.

To find out more please contact Carole Foster on 01652 637700 or email villagehallsadvisor@hwrcc.org.uk

The Village Halls Advisor works closely with the two Village Halls Networks that cover the Humber & Wolds are: East Riding Village Halls Network (ERVHN) and northern Lincolnshire Village Halls Network. 

East Riding Village Halls Network (ERVHN) brings together, supports and represents 81 East Riding rural community buildings which include village halls, church halls, parish rooms and community buildings. To find out more click here- www.ervhn.org.uk

North Linconshire & North East Lincolnshire Network

In North Lincolnshire band North East Lincolnshire, the Village Halls Advisory Service is provided through HWRA membership. There are two levels of membership:

HWRA (basic) Village Halls Mmeberships- £25 provides access to:

  • ACRE factsheets and model documents (charges apply for model documents)
  • Desktop support from a Village Halls Advisor
  • 3 yearly network meetings at a cost of £10 per person per meeting

HWRA Village Halls Network Membership- £50 (less than £1 per week) provides access to:

  • ACRE factsheets and model documents (discounts apply)
  • Access to the Desktop Support from the Village Halls Advisor responding to individual hall questions at 5 levels (where required/appropriate):
    1. Identification and provision of a Factsheet/Model document
    2. Village Halls Advisor research at local and/or national level
    3. Access to the England-wide Village Halls Advisor Network
    4. Question raised with Deborah Clark, ACRE National Village Halls 'Expert'
    5. Access to national specialist legal team and Charity Commission link
  • Network meetings 3 times per year bringing members together to receive information directly from local/national experts on identified/common topics and issues, receiving updates from ACRE, Charity Commission, government offices, sharing intelligence, experiences and resourses and creating a supportive peer network
  • Monthly funding and information bulletins containing national and local initiatives, funding and development opportunities
  • Advertise individual village hall facilities on the Village Halls Website-https://ruralcommunitybuildings.org.uk/

For further information please contact Carole Foster, Village Halls Advisor on 01652 637700 or email villagehallsadvisor@hwrcc.org.uk

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