[community centres] Community Centres Hiring Opportunities - forms ready to go..

Andrew Johnston andrew.johnston at engineroom.org.uk
Wed Aug 11 15:41:50 BST 2021

Hi Dave

Just to clarify my proposal was for a JOINT online portal through which the PUBLIC could book space online. This kind of brokering system is massively cumbersome and will be a nightmare to administer.

We use a programme called Planyo which cost us just over £1000 to set up but which has generated a large amount of income for us since we went live in early 2018. We see growing use and are working towards taking the large majority of bookings online. My simple suggestion was (and still is) that we expanded this kind of facility to cover off a number of community centres with ONE portal so you could see a similar look and design for each one. It is very simple to manage and administer – you can easily block time when you want access to the facility (for example we take no bookings on Sundays 8am to 2.30pm as our church has exclusive use of The Engine Room), and you can decline bookings, block certain people from making bookings and gives you online real time data.



We will be happy to add our name to the list of venues for the brokering service. My question is who is going to do the huge amount of work such a brokering service will require, how fast enquiries will be answered and what the booking process will be. If just 10 community centres, working to common standards in service levels, put in £1k each I would have though an online real time system which the public could access through a common portal (www.haringeycommunitycentres.com<http://www.haringeycommunitycentres.com>) (currently unregistered url) for example would be a much better use of time and energy.

Anyway those are my thoughts. If folk are interested in exploring the Planyo option, feel free to contact me. Then the ONLY answer the Council would need would be: go to this website which has all the information you need… Better for the customer/community group, better for the centre and makes our life a whole lot simpler!

Just my thoughts!


where community meets

Andrew Johnston
Operations Director
The Engine Room
Unit A, Eagle Heights
Hale Village,Tottenham Hale
London,N17 9FU
T: 0208 808 5490
M: 07957 193922

E: andrew.johnston at engineroom.org.uk

From: communitycentres <communitycentres-bounces at haringey.org.uk> on behalf of Dave Morris <davetottenham at googlemail.com>
Date: Wednesday, 11 August 2021 at 11:40
To: "communitycentres at haringey.org.uk" <communitycentres at haringey.org.uk>
Subject: [community centres] Community Centres Hiring Opportunities - forms ready to go..

Haringey Community Centres Network

Hi all

Many Centres are now looking for new potential hiring opportunities, and many community groups/projects may now be looking around to find what venues may be available.

A couple of years ago we discussed an idea from Andrew of the Engine Room in Tottenham Hale for developing ways in which Centres can promote our hiring facilities together. People were supportive although it never got off the ground at the time - but now it has.

On 22nd May this year I sent an email to the HCCN list with draft Questionnaires for future interested Centres and groups to fill in if they wish. There is no pressure or obligation to do so.

I'm pleased to report that, after extensive discussions over the last 2 months with Poppy Thomas at the Council, we are now ready to go!

Below are the final versions, and how the process will operate. If anyone has any questions, or spots any major issue/typo etc, please let me know by Friday lunchtime! Or phone me on 07952 165493.

best wishes

Dave, for the HCCN

Community Centres Hiring Opportunities Questionnaire

Community groups Hiring Needs Questionnaire

I also drafted the following 'protocols' (agreed by the Council) on how the information will be used/shared and the interests of participating Community Centres and groups acknowledged.

HCCN/LBH/Bridge Trust collaboration protocols

  1.  The above organisations will collaborate in helping match requests by groups for hiring space, with Community Centres who have identified available space for hire.
  2.  The information will come from the voluntary completion of forms by interested groups and the participating Centres.
  3.  The information will be shared within the above organisations, each of whom will designate specific officers who will hold the information in confidence to be used only for the agreed purposes.
  4.  Once the information submitted within the form has been shared for any potential follow up by a group or Centre, direct communication is entirely a matter for those participating. There is no pressure, promise or obligation for either party to follow up, negotiate or make any agreement. LBH/BRT/HCCN have no view about, further involvement in or responsibility for what may or may not transpire.
  5.  Participating groups and Centres have the right to update their information given, to withdraw their participation, or have their information deleted, at any time.
  6.  The 3 organisations will review the progress of the project at intervals, each organisation having the power to trigger such a review at any time.
  7.  On the ending of the project, the three organisations will review any information collected and shared, and whether any or all of it should be retained or deleted.

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