Tuesday 22nd January will see(ACRE) and its Network launch (AirS) is proud to be part of this week-long celebration highlighting the important role that Sussex village halls and community buildings play in combatting social isolation and loneliness within our rural communities.
Sussex has over 300 village halls and community buildings and they all are crucial components in sustaining inclusive and active communities, particularly in rural areas where fewer venues and services are present. They provide a hub in which social interaction can occur, businesses may be supported, services may be delivered and physical activities may take place. They often act as a venue for the delivery of key local services, for example libraries and post offices. Their continuing survival is due to the hard-working volunteers whose passion and dedication keeps these vital buildings at the heart of many of our rural communities.
Petrina Mayson, Chief Executive at AirS says “Sussex has around 450 villages andgives us an opportunity to thank the hundreds of voluntary charity trustees who give up their time to improve the lives of the residents of their communities. Just imagine how much poorer the lives of rural residents would be without these hubs of social activities on their doorsteps. The role that these community buildings play in tackling social isolation and reducing loneliness is huge and the sheer diversity of groups, activities and interests they cover is staggering.”
Village halls and community buildings in East and West Sussex Village will be joining their counterparts across England in hosting events to mark this special occasion. These include; ‘Starting your own Community Library’ workshop in being held at Ringmer Village Hall, Village Hall Open Days in Ferring and Lurgashall and Geocaching events in Forest Row and Sompting Village Halls.