New online advice for community buildings volunteers
by Claire McGine, Head of Communications

ACRE has joined forces with the Charity Commission as part of a new online initiative to help charities who own community buildings.

ACRE (Action with Communities in Rural England) is one of four organisations the Commission has asked to be part of its portal for land and property matters.

The portal provides information, advice and support for charitable groups that own and manage a community building. Groups searching for land and property information on the Charity Commission’s website will be steered towards the portal, where they will select one of four organisations that they feel will provide the most appropriate support.

ACRE Rural Insight/Village Halls Manager Deborah Clarke said: “The ACRE Network has a long-established reputation for providing information and advice for village halls and a history of working closely with the Charity Commission.

“Our model documents for village halls are approved for use by the Commission - the latest being a model constitution for halls who wish to transfer to the new Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO). Our Network will be able to provide sound advice on property matters to any charitable groups who find us through this useful new portal.”

The other organisations working with ACRE and the Charity Commission on the portal are Community Matters, the Ethical Property Foundation and Locality.