Something special happens when people come together for social good. A group of volunteers are showing how people power can make a meaningful difference to a vibrant rural community.
Raglan Village Hall Association is a charity led by volunteers for the benefit of everyone, a beating heart of village life. The team of local residents coordinate the running of the existing community space on their own time, in partnership with the local council, businesses, groups and service providers.
They’ve already given the existing community space a fresh makeover, improved access to the building and developed a programme of fundraising social events. It’s an impressive feat for busy people juggling personal and professional lives, but the group have an even bigger and better vision for their community.
The association is the driving force behind a new Community Hub, a welcoming, purpose-built facility for their village and the surrounding areas. It’s their most ambitious project yet and is run on a shoestring budget, but the passion of local people is a powerful thing. In 2016, the group successfully secured £47k funding from the BIG Lottery to start the design and planning of their new building.
Draft RVHA press releases, newsletters, direct mail, web copy and social media to keep the local community informed and engaged.
Positive coverage across local media publications and increased community engagement on social media. Increased web traffic and an upturn in project volunteers.
“Hannah has been an absolute asset to the Raglan Village Hall Association. She has significantly raised the profile of our project to establish a Community Hub in the centre of our village. Hannah’s unflustered, enthusiastic approach has helped us to develop a positive, consistent message across our news stories, web copy and social media, as well as helping us to defuse concerns and objections early. I have had no hesitation in recommending Hannah to other organisations.”
Chris Butler-Donnelly, Chair of Raglan Village Hall Association