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January 16, 2024

At the heart of a community

They come in all shapes and sizes, each with a different history but they all share similar challenges in keeping them wind and watertight and myriad other concerns – village and community halls. A useful handbook was published towards the end of last year by DTAS, COSS, SCVO with Scottish Government funding which covers everything from funding, governance, how to get to net zero and all the other facets of successfully running a hall. The Community Learning Exchange is also available for anyone interested in making  visits to other halls if they’d like to learn from other’s experiences.


A new guide for those considering or currently running a village hall has been published by Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO), with support from Scottish Rural Network and Community Ownership Support Service, part of Development Trusts Association Scotland.

Village halls and other hubs are often at the heart of their local community, especially in rural and island areas, and the new Village and Community Halls Handbook aims to guide organisations through what they need to know to manage and run a sustainable village hall or community space.

Topics covered in the new document include:

  • Taking on a community space
  • Governance
  • Facilities management
  • Digital village halls
  • Climate confident village halls
  • Funding
  • Case studies