Hire Agreement - Single Booking
This agreement is made between the Parochial Church Council of St Helen’s Church North Kensington and the Hirer.
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Rooms for Hire:
Please enter the hire fees as you understand them.
Please make sure you read the Terms and Conditions of Hire and the PCC Safeguarding Policy Statement.
Terms and Conditions of Hire
The person named in the Hiring Agreement shall be responsible for ensuring that the following conditions of hire of rooms at St Helen’s North Kensington are complied with in all respects.
The Hirer will enter into a Hiring Agreement with the Parochial Church Council of St Helen’s Church North Kensington hereafter referred to as St Helen’s.
St Helen’s regards the safe care and protection of children and vulnerable adults as of the utmost importance. Groups that hire or use Church premises are expected to share this concern and make appropriate provision for the protection of children and vulnerable adults within their care.
THE HIRER AGREES:
Preparing for your Event
1. That a booking is not confirmed until a completed hire agreement form has been received, agreed and any required deposit has been paid. This deposit will only be returned in the event that the PCC cancels the booking. The PCC reserves the right to cancel the booking if: exceptional, unforeseen circumstances arise; there is any breach of these conditions; or there is misstatement or material omission in connection with the hire agreement form, particularly relating to the purpose of hire.
2. To pay the balance of fees due before the conclusion of the booking. If the Hirer wishes to cancel the booking and The PCC is unable to arrange a replacement booking, The PCC may at its absolute discretion refund the fees (less the deposit) but shall be under no obligation to do so.
3. That in the event of an important service such as a funeral taking place in the church, it may be necessary for the activity to be relocated, or cancelled. In the event of The PCC cancelling the booking (for this or any other reason) all fees (including the deposit) paid by the Hirer shall be refunded in full.
4. To follow any Government rules and restrictions that may apply because of Covid-19 (see * below).
5. That the premises may be inspected to assess suitability for the purpose for which they are hired.
6. That no tenancy is intended to be created between The PCC and the Hirer and no relationship of landlord and tenant exists between them.
7. That no parking is included in this hire agreement, although disabled and loading access is available. The PCC reserves the right to deny vehicular access and parking to the site, as the parking spaces are often needed to be kept clear.
8. To be responsible for obtaining any local authority or other licenses necessary in connection with the booking.
9. To be responsible for obtaining adequate insurance against any third party claims which may lay against the Hire or the Hirer’s organisation whilst using the premises.
10. That no signs, notices, posters or banners are to be displayed on the inside or outside of the building without prior written approval of The PCC. All such publicity shall bear the name, contact address and telephone number of the hirer. A copy of the programme/advertising material should be attached to the hire agreement.
11. That it has read The PCC’s safeguarding policy and agree to adhere to its recommendations in relation to their work with children, young people and vulnerable adults. Staff and volunteers involved in work or other organised activities with children or other vulnerable people will need to confirm that they have been DBS checked to assess their suitability to work with such people.
12. To carry out a risk assessment of your activities and act on findings to mitigate any risk (following any Covid-19 restrictions applying at the time of usage). If required, a risk assessment form can be downloaded from www.sthelenschurch.org.uk/risk
On The Day
13. To be responsible during the period of hiring for supervision and security of the premises and protection of the fabric and contents from damage.
14. To ensure that The PCC and St Helen’s staff have access to all areas hired during the period of hire.
15. To ensure that the fire apparatus of the premises are not interfered with in any way and that all emergency exits are not obstructed and all persons using the premises are aware of the location of fire appliances and emergency exits.
16. To keep the amount of noise or other disturbance to an acceptably low level during the period of hire, and also during arrivals and departures so as not to cause nuisance or inconvenience to building users in other areas of St Helen’s or to the neighbouring properties. No music is to be played after 9pm.
17. To ensure that time for setting up and clearing away the event, are clearly defined in the hire agreement and adhered to.
18. To clear up after the event both inside the hired rooms and also outside where any mess may have been caused by the event (including any children’s rubbish, overflow of waste from the event and smoking mess). If the kitchen or kitchenette is used, it must be left clean and tidy.
19. To look after the keys, and to return the keys as agreed. If keys are lost or stolen, the Hirer will need to pay for a replacement key.
20. That all rubbish will be taken away and disposed of off-site by the Hirer. We do not have the facilities to store rubbish from hires for collection later in the week, and the commercial waste bins (belonging to the school who use the site) are not to be used.
21. St Helen’s welcomes people of all faiths and none. Yet you are reminded that this building is a place of Christian worship, and even though you may not share our beliefs, we ask that you are respectful of this fact in your use of the premises. It is for this reason that certain activities will not be allowed.
22. Not to permit unseemly behaviour that would be damaging to the mission or witness of St Helen’s, or containing material or language abusive in general to others, or that is blasphemous or idolatrous and do nothing in or near or in relation to St Helen’s that is calculated to, or does, bring the name of the Church into disrepute.
23. To accept full responsibility, for and to The PCC against all costs arising from injuries to any person, using the premises during the period of hire, except such as may be caused by the negligence of The PCC. If any such injury does occur, the Hirer must inform the St Helen’s Church Office of the details, such that it may be recorded in the Accident book.
24. To compensate The PCC for any damage or theft caused to the building, or to any fixtures, fittings or appliances belonging to St Helen’s or Bassett House School during the period of hire or as a result of any breach of this agreement.
25. That The PCC will not be responsible or liable for any damage to, or loss of property brought onto, or left on the premises by the hirer or any other person.
26. Access to the venue is limited to the agreed hired times. Should you find you have left something behind or require any further access, please request it via email@example.com.
During most of 2020 and 2021 Covid-19 regulations meant that it was either not possible to use the Hall, or that usage was heavily restricted.
When making a booking, please do so with the awareness that if the Government re-imposes restrictions, it may not be possible for the booking to go ahead. In this eventuality The PCC will naturally refund any payment already made.
If similar restrictions are put in place again, Hirers will need to send a copy of their Risk Assessment to the St Helen’s Church Office prior to usage of the facilities and will be responsible for cleaning the room before use to make it Covid safe.
More information can be found at:
The Parochial Church Council of St Helen’s Church is committed to the protection of children, young people and vulnerable adults. Volunteers within the church working with such groups are required to have cleared DBS checks and adhere to our safeguarding guidelines. These include, amongst others:
See https://www.london.anglican.org/support/safeguarding/safeguarding-policy/ and download the Safeguarding Policy for a full list.
treat all children, young people and adults with respect and dignity, keeping your own language, attitude and body language respectful
avoid being alone with a child, there should always be two properly recruited adults with each group of children
never use illicit drugs, abuse prescription medication, or use alcohol when responsible for a child or vulnerable adult
keep physical contact specific to the needs of the activity and always seek permission from the person first
never scapegoat, ridicule or reject a child, group or adult or allow others to do so
never give lifts to children or young people on their own or on your own or allow unknown adults access to children
We require that all who use our premises for any activities read, agree and adhere to our PCC Safeguarding Policy Statement:
PCC Safeguarding Policy Statement
Parish of St Helen’s, North Kensington
Every person has a value and dignity which comes directly from the creation of male and female in God’s own image and likeness. Christians see this potential as fulfilled by God’s re-creation of us in Christ. Among other things this implies a duty to value all people as bearing the image of God and therefore to protect them from harm.
In accordance with the House of Bishops’ Policy Statements ‘Promoting a Safer Church’ (2017) and ‘Protecting All God’s Children’ 4th edition (2010) and the Diocesan Safeguarding Policy ‘Promoting a Safer Diocese’ (2018) our church is committed to:
Promoting a safer environment and culture.
Safely recruiting and supporting all those with any responsibility related to children, young people and vulnerable adults within the church.
Responding promptly to every safeguarding concern or allegation.
Caring pastorally for victims/survivors of abuse and other affected persons.
Caring pastorally for those who are the subject of concerns or allegations of abuse and other affected persons.
Responding to those that may pose a present risk to others.
The Parish will:
Create a safe and caring place for all.
Have a named Church Safeguarding Officer (CSO) to work with the incumbent and The PCC to implement policy and procedures.
Safely recruit, train and support all those with any responsibility for children, young people and adults to have the confidence and skills to recognise and respond to abuse.
Ensure that there is appropriate insurance cover for all activities involving children and adults undertaken in the name of the parish.
Display in church premises and on the Parish website the details of who to contact if there are safeguarding concerns or support needs.
Listen to and take seriously all those who disclose abuse.
Take steps to protect children and adults when a safeguarding concern of any kind arises, following House of Bishops guidance, including notifying the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser (DSA) and statutory agencies immediately.
Offer support to victims/survivors of abuse regardless of the type of abuse, when or where it occurred.
Care for and monitor any member of the church community who may pose a risk to children and adults whilst maintaining appropriate confidentiality and the safety of all parties.
Ensure that health and safety policy, procedures and risk assessments are in place and that these are reviewed annually.
The PCC of this Church last reviewed, agreed and adopted the above Policy at its meeting on 24th June 2021.
Copies of the Parish’s Safeguarding Children and Young People’s policy and Safeguarding Adults at Risk policy are held by the Church Office.
Alternatively, download the Terms & Conditions and the PCC Safeguarding Statement by clicking here.
You can also download a template Risk Assessment Form here.
I have read and accept the Terms and Conditions of Hire and agree to abide by them.
I have read the PCC Safeguarding Policy Statement and agree to adhere to its recommendations in relation to our work with children, young people and vulnerable adults.