A church building can often be the only large indoor space within a community, and this provides both an opportunity to allow community groups to use the facilities, and also a valuable revenue stream for the PCC.
There are a number of considerations to take into account before you go ahead with this, but again thorough research will make this easier.
Areas which may need consideration could be: food safety, fire safety & public liability insurance.
You may find that a reordering of your building is needed to facilitate this; please look at the Building Projects section.
- Ecclesiastical has produced a useful gudie which gives an overview of the legal implications you need to consider when hiring out a building.
- Advice on ‘getting the most out of your building’.
- A guide from the Diocese of Manchester on managing your building for church and community use.
Possible users could be, for example, childcare, uniformed organisations, slimmers clubs, dance clubs, local interest groups:
The Diocese of London have created a directory of over 60 Trade Professionals, covering all manner of works.
The following pages offer a wide range of advice:
- Developing Parish Projects; Initial Advice
- Identifying & Managing Risks
- Custodian Trustee Approval Questions