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TVHC Celebrate their IIP Achievement


Teesdale Village Halls Consortium was congratulated by local MP Helen Goodman for achieving the Investor in People standard at an event held at the Witham Hall in Barnard Castle on Friday 24th February.

IIP Event

ABOVE: Fergus Arkley and Helen Thistlethwaite receiving the plaque from Helen Goodman MP

The networking event attracted over 50 people and 27 of the Consortium's member halls were represented.

Helen Goodman presented the award to Fergus Arkley and Helen Thistlethwaite, the two full time members of staff, and congratulated the Consortium on their great achievement and how the organisation has been praised and nationally recognised by Jim Knights, Minister for Rural Affairs. She explained that the Village Halls Consortium is renowned as an excellent model that should be taken up by others around the country.

The Investor in People Standard is a business improvement tool designed to advance an organisation's performance through its people. TVHC was particularly praised for its clear business direction; effective communications between staff, management committee and member village halls; commitment to development by providing training opportunities, coaching and knowledge sharing; developing management capability and cascading information effectively through meetings, newsletters and the website and encouraging feedback and suggestions on this information.

The event was also attended by Iris Hillery, the Consortium's IIP assessor and Nigel Ellenor, who advised the Consortium through the Build a Better Business Programme leading to the achievement of the assessment.

Informative talks were given to the halls at the event by Alan Gibson, the local community fire officer on the new fire legislation Regulatory Reform, Michele Armstrong the Director of the County Durham Foundation on funding and Fergus Arkley from TVHC gave an update on licensing.