Training and Development

We are committed to building a stronger more sustainable voluntary and community sector in the county.

Our HCF Training and Development team provide workforce development and capacity-building for the voluntary sector. We also aim to maximise access to learning and employment opportunities for the county's most disadvantaged individuals by building the capacity of organisations who support these clients.
HCF Training and Development manages a county-wide programme of short practical courses for voluntary and community organisations. The aims of the programme are to enable voluntary and community organisations to:

  • Be well run (Governance, Leadership and Management, Business/operational skills)

  • Operate safely and legally (Safeguarding, Health and Safety, First Aid)

  • Become sustainable (Income generation, Marketing/Communications/Social Media)

New for 2018-19 is the Building Sustainability Programme - this is a progressive suite of modules for fundraisers of all standards/experience to help get you started and improve your chances of success.
Foundation Series:
Get Fit for Funding - for staff, trustees and volunteers new to fundraising or those with limited experience.
  • What you need to get started with fundraising

  • How to build a case for support

  • Review potential methods of fundraising

16th October Hemel Hempstead
8th November Stanstead Abbotts
21st November Borehamwood
29th January St Albans

Creating a Fundable Project
For those new to project development and grant applications
  • Put your project idea into a structured format

  • How to approach funders' questions

  • Explain the difference your project will make

25th October Stevenage
28th November Welwyn Garden City
13th February Watford

Focus On: These courses help you to understand the specifics of how to approach and maximise your income from income sources:
Donors & Legacies 23rd January Borehamwood
Corporate Fundraising 7th March Hemel Hempstead
Trusts and Foundations 14th March Welwyn Garden City
Community Fundraising 19th March St Albans
Public Service Contracts 27th March Watford

Get Seen, Get Heard, Get Support
Introduces the basics of marketing and how to use the techniques to support your fundraising
6th December Stevenage
Introduction to Social Value
Learn about Social Value and how to apply it to your project to support fundraising and marketing
7th February Stanstead Abbotts

Our courses are all subsidised to ensure that they are affordable for voluntary and community organisations. We work with host partners based in each of the districts of Hertfordshire. Visit the Courses Directory on the HCF Training website to download the calendar and to view details of all our courses.

HCF Training and Development also provides subsidised training for tutors in private and voluntary adult social care providers. The Level 3 Award in Education and Training provides foundation teaching skills for those delivering internal or external training. Details of available courses are on the HCF Training website or email to be added to our waiting list.

We have a team of 10 experienced advisors who provide face to face advice and guidance and organisational needs analysis for voluntary and community organisations (free of charge to those providing adult social care). HCF also has a pool of trainers accredited by Hertfordshire County Council to deliver Safeguarding Adults at Risk Level 1 Training to voluntary and community groups.

For all upcoming training opportunities, visit

HCF Training and Development

HCF Training and Development

Catch up with our latest news

Going the distance for HCF
Congratulations and thank you to the team from Rathbones Investment Management who tackled the Royal Parks Half Marathon 2018 to raise money for HCF.
Building Effectiveness 2019 launches
HCF is looking for up to 10 organisations who would benefit from free strategic advice and mentoring.
High Sheriff Awards 2019 - open for nominations
Nominations are invited from community groups and voluntary organisations working in social justice, youth related crime prevention and / youth projects.
Penny Williams steps down as trustee
Penny Williams JP DL has recently stepped down after serving a full term of 9 years on the HCF Board.