The Community Council of Staffordshire, the county-wide charity that supports rural communities, wants to raise awareness of just how important the humble village hall is to the lives of people living in the countryside.
“The health of the nation has become a very important issue, especially with an ageing population and we feel it’s time that we should look at the role that village halls play in keeping us all healthy”, said Chris Welch, Chief Executive of the Community Council.
There are over 200 village halls scattered across Staffordshire and the Community Council, with the support of an Awards 4 All grant from the Big Lottery, has set about the task of surveying as many of these as possible to map the range of health activities taking place under their roofs.
“We know that halls have activities taking place in them such as Pilates, Yoga and Keep Fit and then there are a few that have outreach GP surgeries and clinics,” said Chris “There’s a wide range of activities, taking place on our doorsteps, which are helping to keep people healthy. Perhaps by highlighting what goes on in our village halls, more people will take advantage of these activities and services.”
The Community Council would like as many village halls and other community buildings as possible to take part in a very simple survey which can be downloaded from the website: www.staffs.org.uk or a hard copy is available on request from the Community Council on 01785 242525.
In addition, the Community Council is seeking to recruit volunteers to help with the project. If you are interested in volunteering or would like to find out more about the project, please contact Cathy Russell on 01785 242525 Ext 206.