The volunteers behind Shetland’s network of community buildings gather at Burra public hall on Saturday 17 November to share ideas, seek advice and plan ahead for dealing with tight budgets, lack of funding and rising costs.The fourth Hall-I-Day has been titled ‘Engaging, Saving & Sustaining’ and is all about how communities and committees can work most effectively at keeping Shetland’s valuable community buildings going, whether they be community halls, heritage centres or boating clubs.
Throughout the day there will be a range of useful workshops on funding applications, press releases, social media and an introduction to the new Keystone Award for management committees, which will be repeated to give people the chance to attend.
One workshop will focus exclusively on how to involve young people in local halls and one will look at creative fundraising, highlighting some of the innovative ideas some hall committees have already come up with, such as auctions, race nights (complete with horse and rider) and an American brunch.
As well as the serious business, there should be lots of fun with an opening sketch from local award winning playwright Jacqui Clark on the joys of committee meetings setting the day off to a lightsome start.
Burra Hall will provide lunch and refreshments and to encourage people to stay in the afternoon there will be a demonstration of a fun auction, with some tasty tablet on offer.
The event begins at 9.30am for registration and opens with an address from Shetland South councillor George Smith.
There will be a marketplace with stallholders from JW Grays, Hughson Brothers, Agmatek Engineering Ltd, Malakoff, Voluntary Action Shetland and Shetland Islands Council’s Community Planning and Development department. Some of the commercial stalls may have good offers for customers on the day!
This will be an important event for the people running Shetland’s public buildings to help them feel confident about facing the future by reducing costs, attracting more users and generating more income.
But it is also a celebration of all the work that is already going on and the organisers are looking forward to a big turnout and encourage anyone involved in their community in any way to come along.
The organisers would also like to thank the sponsors of the event, JW Grays, Shetland Freezer Foods, Hughson Brothers, Shetland Gas Supplies, Shetland News, and Voluntary Action Shetland whose contributions have made the event possible.