Hallmark Award Scheme
Hallmark is a quality standard scheme for the management of village halls and community buildings, the scheme was created by Action with Communities in Rural England (ACRE) and is overseen by Community First in Wiltshire and Swindon.
- Support, establish and reward good practice.
- Encourage improvement in established customs and procedures.
- Obtain recognition from other bodies for the standard of management of community buildings.
- Hallmark 1: Focuses on the management and administration of the hall or building.
- Hallmark 2: Health, safety, security & licensing
- Hallmark 3 : Requires the hall or building to have a community and social awareness, with forward planning and communication being key.
Hallmark uses a system of trained peer visitors who use standardised checklists to assess performance and provide an external validation of achievement. The peer visitor is overseen by Village Halls and Community Buildings Adviser Helen Akiyama.
Hallmark Awards last for three years and need to renewed after that time.
Benefits of Hallmark
Establish and reward good practice by raising its management standards
Encourage improvement in establishing customs and procedures
Reassure the committee they are up to date and correct with their procedures by uncovering any anomalies
Ensure the hall is ‘fit for purpose’
Give confidence to the trustees
Inspire confidence in hall users
Encourage new trustees onto the committee (less worried about liabilities)
Encourage more bookings for the hall
Ensure that all funders are aware of the halls’ professionalism
Give Councils and other authorities more confidence in the hall management
Give Insurers confidence in the halls ability to negate risk
County Auditors will love it!