Village halls and community buildings across Devon are central to the life of the communities they serve. They act as a venue, a meeting point and the base for many organisations. It's vital that they thrive.

Halls have been built through the foresight and generosity of many individuals and groups, and in recent years by funding from the National Lottery and other grant-giving bodies.

Building a hall is a major task, and there are always new and replacement halls and major extensions under way. DACB gives practical advice on funding, project management, design and more. Our partnership with the Community Council of Devon adds strength, depth and coverage to this service.

Running an existing hall needs other skills - budget management, marketing, running an effective management committee and satisfying the very many rules and regulations which exist. Here DACB, in partnership with ACRE (the government-backed charity Action for Communities in Rural England) offers practical guidance, advice and support. We have a range of links with suppliers of equipment and services which mean that DACB members can save money on purchases.

We care about standards of delivery, operation and governance at halls and provide support here too. Our accreditation scheme 'Hallmark' has three levels showing the externally-validated quality standards reached by each hall.

DACB cares about the future for our halls - so we lobby for county and national support, monitor trends and look for new tools such as on-line booking to help halls rise to future challenges.