Support for Struggling Societies
The Bedfordshire Local History Association (BLHA) now has over 40 affiliated groups and a number of individual members. Membership of the BLHA steadily increases but there have been and always will be challenges for groups and their committees. These challenges have forced some groups to close after many years of activity in their local communities. The difficulties faced by societies include attracting new and possibly younger members, maintaining a committee, finding speakers, securing suitable venues, promoting society events and, of course, dealing with the impact of Covid and the arrival of Zoom.
Should your group find that these challenges are adversely affecting your group and its future, then please contact the BLHA. The Committee alone has many years of experience in a range of local groups and of course, there is a wider network of member societies across the County.
Please make use of the BLHA website, join with other societies at BLHA events and of course the Annual Conference, see and hear about other societies and their activities.
One of the long-standing objectives of the BLHA is to provide a forum for discussion and cooperation between interested groups. This network should provide a helpful level of support. It is, of course, not certain that the answer to a group’s problems can be found easily, but the BLHA can certainly try to help.
If you need assistance, please contact the Secretary of the Bedfordshire Local History Association.