The majority of our training is delivered by expert trainers with extensive experience of working and volunteering in the voluntary and community sector.  All trainers are fully qualified and bring with them a range of skills and experience which enables us to provide you with a high quality training programme.

What we do

We are continuously developing new and innovative training to ensure staff and volunteers in the voluntary sector are able to attend training that not only helps their professional development but enables the voluntary sector to deliver high quality services.

  • Deliver a seasonal training programme to VCS in Hounslow
  • Conduct bi-annual surveys to identify and respond to the training needs within the sector
  • Continuously monitor and evaluate our training to ensure we are providing high quality training solutions
  • Provide affordable in-house training for organisations who require a bespoke service

We also include a comprehensive training section in every Hounslow VCS e-newsletter. This includes special courses within and outside the borough on a huge range of topics from safeguarding children to using social media. Many of the courses are free or affordable for community groups, so sign-up to receive these monthly bulletins.

How we can help

Hounslow is a large diverse borough and we understand that each organisation has their own pressures and priorities, which is why we offer a range of courses to suit the needs of new developing organisations as well as those who are well established and experienced.

For further information about ACHIEVE and training currently on offer, please contact Iain Elliott –

Upcoming Training Sessions

Workshop on the Active Communities Fund

Meet the Funder

This workshop will be led by Samantha Smallcombe, Programme Manager, London Community Foundation.

The workshop will provide details about applying to the Active Communities Fund. The next round deadline is 5pm on Friday 28th June.
The purpose of the fund is to support inactive people to become active and the fund also aims to support groups which use sport and physical activity to connect with their communities. The fund will prioritise projects addressing the programme goals of:

  • Reduce isolation
  • Encourage greater social cohesion
  • Contribute towards crime prevention
  • Provide physical activities for lower income families

In this round they are only funding activities in Barnet, Hillingdon, Hounslow and Waltham Forest.
Grants of up to £10,000 are available and the fund will be awarding £220,000 in total. You can find out more information on how to apply and access the application form here

Young Londoners Fund
The workshop will also cover the application process for the Mayor of London Young Londoners Fund. The fund aims to help children and young people (aged 10-21) make positive choices. The deadline for applications for this fund is midday on 12 July. For more information click here


Fundraising Training

Does your organisation need funding?

There will be a workshop about Fundraising on Wednesday 12th June 2-4pm at Hounslow House, Room 9, 6th Floor,  7 Bath Road, Hounslow, Middlesex, TW3 3EB.

This workshop will be led by Iain Elliott, Funding and Group Development Officer.

The workshop will provide information on Finding funders, drafting proposals, completing applications, supporting evidence are all part of the essential voluntary sector activity.The Fundraising Training will cover fundraising essentials and will give you an overview of where to start and how to proceed with confidence and knowledge.

The workshop is open to voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations in Hounslow and migrant community groups.
To register for the workshop click here


Consortia and Partnership Training- Hounslow Groups

This workshop will be led by Iain Elliot, Funding and Group Development Officer
The workshop . The workshop will be on Tuesday 18th June 2019, from 2 – 4pm, at CAN Mezzanine, Treaty Centre, High Street, Hounslow, TW3 1ES.

Partnership is the buzz word for funders across the UK these days. This session will focus on organisations working older people and will look at how they can work together through identifying services provided and how any identified gaps can be addressed by working together e.g. how to form a consortium and how to work successfully in partnership? These are the questions that we are offering solutions to.
Learning outcomes:

  • The workshop covers partnership work essentials and how and where to start in order to set up a consortium of organisations working in specific areas.

To register for the workshop click here


London Datastore Workshop

This session will be on Tuesday 25th June, 10:30am- 12:30pm, at CAN Mezzanine, Treaty Centre, High Street, Hounslow, TW3 1ES

A goldmine of data on London, this GLA workshop introduces the London Datastore which gives you all the information you need to support your funding bid.
If you’re putting together a funding bid or need support and guidance to analyse data you have compiled, then this workshop delivered by the GLA is for you.
The content of the workshop would be as follows:

Introduction to the GLA and their work supporting London’s Civil Society and an introduction to London Plus.
A walk through demo of the London Datastore highlighting key tools and how to use them
Deep Dive example – a walk through of how to find a relevant dataset on the Datastore and basic analysis on how this can be customised for Hounslow groups.
A brokerage session answering specific data questions/queries – advice giving and linking to pro-bono support or training.

To register for this Workshop click here

Data Protection (GDPR)

This workshop will be lead by Paul Ticher, one of the leading experts in the Voluntary sector for over 20 years.

The session will be on Wednesday 26th June 2019, 1 – 4pm at,  CAN Mezzanine, Treaty Centre, High Street, Hounslow, TW3 1ES.

Good Data Protection compliance is not just a legal obligation; it also demonstrates that an organisation takes a responsible attitude to the information it holds about the people it works for, the people it works with and the people who support the work.

Most voluntary organisations are aware of how their responsibilities changed on 25th May 2018 under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), and have taken steps to comply.
At the same time, changes in the way fundraising and direct marketing are regulated mean that all charities have had to review their current practice.
Now that things have settled down it is a good opportunity to review the position, identify any gaps, learn from experience and consolidate your Data Protection practice.
This course will:

  • Ensure that all participants are confident about the basics of Data Protection, both now and in the future
  • Put Data Protection in context – looking at its relationship to confidentiality, for example
    Explain the key changes that GDPR introduced and how the new requirements might be met
  • Explore the issues that will particularly affect small- and medium-sized charities
  • Enable participants to draw up an action plan

To register for the Workshop click here


Trustee Roles & Responsibilities

The workshop will be on Thursday 25th July 2019, 2 – 4pm at, CAN Mezzanine, Treaty Centre, High Street, Hounslow, TW3 1ES.

This free session is aimed at anyone who is considering becoming a Trustee for a charity or community group or new Trustees who would like to learn more.

This session will provide an overview of the roles and responsibilities of a trustee of a small group or charity.
During this course you will have the opportunity to understand the different ways that a trustee can contribute to the organisation and the importance of the role in the governance of the charity.

Outcomes for Learners:

  • An overview of the responsibilities of a trustee
  • An opportunity to understand the different ways that a trustee can contribute to their organisation
  • The importance of their role in the governance of the organisation
  • An understanding of ways to develop their trustee board

Register to attend this Workshop here

For more information about upcoming training sessions, contact Iain Elliott

Safeguarding Training

A comprehensive programme of safeguarding training is on offer from London Borough of Hounslow’s Childrens Safeguarding Board (HSCB). These courses build capacity to recognise abuse or neglect, how best to respond and to understand when early help or child protection services are needed.

The HSCB programme covers a wide range of topics including Introduction to Safeguarding, Child Sexual Exploitation, Gang Involvement, and Forced Marriage. Many topics are also available as online modules too. Click here for the full list of courses.

For bookings and enquiries please email