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Planning church events

From services to concerts to fundraising events, churches are part of the fabric of their local communities.

Most of the time, such activities represent little or no additional risk. However, larger events or unusual fundraising activities can present more significant ones. These will need to be properly managed to ensure people remain safe. 

There are a number of things to consider when planning and hosting events.

Take a look at our short video below to learn more on what to look out for, and how to reduce common risks, when hosting events.

Managing health and safety at church events

Whatever the event, all that's required is to follow a series of basic tasks. These include focussing on: 

  • Planning for the event – the level of detail of this should be proportionate to the scale of the event and the degree of risk associated with it 
  • Planning for incidents and emergencies – so that you can respond promptly in an appropriate manner. Again, this will be dependent upon to the level of risk presented by any event 
  • Managing the event so that it runs safely – here you may need to ensure adequate co-ordination of the activities; provide training for employees and volunteers; monitor the precautions you have put into place and so on. 

Read our detailed advice on firework displays and bouncy castles .

Want to know more? 

More general information about health and safety in churches is available here or you can contact our Risk Management Advice Line by calling 0345 600 7531 (Monday to Friday, 09:00 to 17:00 - excluding Bank Holidays) or email risk.advice@ecclesiastical.com.

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