We run a comprehensive programme of training workshops specifically designed for voluntary and community organisations.


Upcoming courses / workshops  


Herts VCSE training forum

Quarterly online training forum, launched to support training professionals in the Hertfordshire voluntary, community, and social enterprise sector.

NEW for 2021-2022!
We would like to invite training professionals within Hertfordshire to join the new Herts VCSE Training Forum, launched by HCF Training & Development to support the training, learning and development community.

Who the course is for
Do you deliver in-house training, volunteer training or workforce development training? It does not matter what subject of training you deliver, the forum is open to all training professionals, consultants or staff who manage training, so please do join us.

Cost: FREE to attend

Please find below the dates and booking forms for our future forums for 2021/22.
Discussion topics will be confirmed following the first forum, when we will discuss as a group on what you would like those topics to be.
You can reserve you place on future forums by using the booking forms below:

  • Q2: Tuesday 28 September: 10.00 – 11.30 Book HERE
  • Q3: Thursday 09 December: 10.00 – 11.30 Book HERE
  • Q4: Wednesday 16 March: 10.00 – 11.30 Book HERE

    Contact for enquiries:
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Beginner’s guide to fundraising applications

Learn what is required to make your first funding application, how to build trust in your organisation and what documents and processes funders need to see.

Course includes a workbook that you will complete together during the course.

This practical session will be run online and it will be interactive. We would like you to join the session with your workbook, ready to actively take part in the training.

Who the course is for:
This is a course for those who have never written a funding application or have written very few and want a refresher. It is also aimed at someone new to a charity or community group which has not made many applications previously.
You do not have to have attended any of HCF’s courses before.

Course Date: Tuesday 5 October 2021
Start Time: 10.00
End Time:12.30


Writing grant applications - Practical tools for success!

Learn how to improve your chances of securing grants from smaller local and national grant makers, focussing on smaller funds (under £10,000). This will be an interactive online course, with practical tools and tips that you can take away and use in your current grant applications straight away. Please come prepared to actively engage in the training exercises.

Who the course is for:
This course is at an intermediate level, for those relatively new to fundraising and with some experience- who want to develop, refresh, or improve their skills. We would advise those booking a place to have completed HCF’s ‘Beginner’s Guide to Funding Applications’ (or equivalent) or be able to demonstrate some experience in fundraising.
Course Date: 14/10/2021
Start Time: 10.00
End Time:12.30


Better Boards - Trustee Development Programme

A comprehensive programme of training and consultancy for trustees, developed to improve the effectiveness of Hertfordshire charities.

NEW Funded places available July 2021 for Children & Youth organisations in Hertfordshire

Better Boards is a 10x hour programme of consultancy and training for trustee boards of voluntary and community organisations in Hertfordshire. The Better Boards programme will introduce your board to the key principles of good governance as outlined in The Charity Governance Code. The full programme has been adapted to run online in 2021. Practical exercises and discussion will be encouraged to ensure the training is made relevant and to ensure that what is learned can be applied in practice. Supporting resources, checklists and training aids will be provided to your board alongside 1:1 consultancy and whole board training. The programme includes:

  • 1:1 individual consultation for the CEO & Chair
  • 'Principles of Good Governance' training to the whole board based on the seven pillars of The Charity Governance Code
  • In-house training for your trustees tailored to your organisational needs. You can choose from a number of Bite-size sessions on topics such as 'Safeguarding for Trustees' , 'Risk Management' or 'Recruiting a diverse board'.
The full Better Boards 2021 programme, details of how to apply and eligibility can be found here:
HCFT Better Boards 2021 Programme Outline
HCFT Better Boards 2021 Programme Outline

Application form for Better Boards 2021 can be downloaded here and returned to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.:
HCFT Better Boards 2021 Application Form
HCFT Better Boards 2021 Application Form

The full cost of the Better Boards 2021 programme is £1,250.

HCF Training & Development can provide a variety of fully funded places for voluntary sector organisations in Hertfordshire. Please just indicate the type of organisation and service you deliver under the payment/funding options at the bottom of the application form.

We currently have fully funded places available for both Adults and Children & Youth organisations on the 2021 programme.

For all enquiries please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Better Boards is supported by Hertfordshire County Council Adult Care Services.


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