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New 'Village Office' set up to tackle rural isolation

A new 'Village Office' has been set up in Lindridge to tackle isolation and provide a working space for people living in rural areas.

Malvern Hills District Council is working with Community First to trial the concept across rural areas of the district, with Lindridge Parish Hall, Tenbury Wells, as the first location.

The idea has come about as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic and the rise in homeworking.

The Village Office provides a space where people can come together to work, study, hold meetings and more, to prevent loneliness and isolation.

The large space includes a workstation for people to bring their laptops, a social space, a photocopier, printer, Wi-Fi and tea and coffee facilities. There is also high-quality audio-visual equipment available for video conferencing.

Julia Cooper, Chair at Lindridge Parish Hall, and Richard Rainbird-Hitchins, Secretary at Lindridge Parish Hall, said: "Lindridge Parish Hall is proud to be launching the new Village Office space. We want the hall to be the hub of the Parish and what better way to utilise the hall, than to join others through sharing workspace. The facilities we have on offer are second to none."

What is it?

If you work from home but lack space or feel isolated or the kids are interrupting you, It’s a space where you can work together with other people.

 

What facilities are there?

Computer workstations, good WIFI, wireless printer/copier, AV system with 3m screen. 

Large tables and plenty of space.

Break out space and use of kitchen facilities.

 

When’s it open?

It’s open in 4 hour blocks - either AM or PM , Monday to Friday each week. There will be at least 3 blocks available each week but the times will vary as they have to fit in around other hall activities. It’s very important to check the calendar (https://www.lindridgeparishhall.co.uk/calendar) before booking. 

 

What will it cost?

£10 per 4 hour block. 

 

Is there a charge for printing?

Yes. ( TBC with hirer)

 

Can I try it to see if it works for me?

Yes, the first session is a free ‘Taster Session’ 

Will a member of the committee be present at all further sessions? 

No, you will have access using the keycode but there may be other users, working at the same session as you.

 

Is there an area where I can take confidential calls?

Yes, subject to availability you can use the adjoining corridor.

Do I need to register beforehand?

Yes. Please complete the VOD Hire Agreement (Click here) and return it with your booking email request. Before completing it, please take time to read the Terms and Conditions for use of the Village Office.

 

How do I book?

By email to lindridgeparishhall@outlook.com stating the blocks you want to book. Reminder to check the calendar beforehand.

 

How much notice do I need to give?

Ideally as much as possible but a minimum of 48 hours before your first booked session so that we can check space availability.

 

How do I pay?

By card in advance.

You will receive a payment link in your booking confirmation email.

 

How do I access the Hall?

When payment has been received you will be emailed the code for the lock on the hall front door.

 

What happens on my first visit?

A member of the hall committee will be there to welcome you and show you all the facilities/safety arrangements.