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 Joyce Timmerman –

Upcoming Training Sessions

Monday 11 September 2017 11am – 1pm
Watermans Art Centre, 40 High Street, Brentford, TW8 0DS
The Trust is announcing new funding priorities in summer 2017.
Trust for London is an independent charitable foundation that aim’s to tackle poverty and inequality in London and do this by: funding voluntary and charity groups – each year they make grants totalling around £7 million and at any one time are supporting up to 400 organisations; funding independent research; and providing knowledge and expertise on London’s social issues to policymakers and journalists.
The new priorities are expected to continue to focus on work which has the potential to influence and change policy, practice and public attitudes, and which proactively engages and involves beneficiaries of the work in the organisation and its advocacy work, e.g. campaigns.
The session will cover:
• Grant funding priorities
• Social investment and crowdfunding
• Research and funded campaigns
• Issues, community assets and opportunities in Ealing and Hounslow
You will also have the opportunity to ask questions.
Rachael Takens-Milne
Rachael is a Grants Manager and joined the Trust in June 2007. She is the Trust’s link grant manager for Ealing. She manages the London’s Poverty Profile website and coordinates the Trust’s approach to research. Rachael is also a Trustee of Women for Refugee Women and is on the Board of the Ariadne network of social change and human rights funders.
Susie Dye
Susie joined Trust for London in August 2016 as a Grants Manager. She is taking a lead on policy work, particularly around housing, and is the Trust’s link grant manager for Hounslow. Susie is a trustee of Peer Power Youth and active in a central London church.
To reserve a place click here
Developing an Equality and Diversity Policy
Monday 23 October 2017, 10am – 1pm
The Equality Act 2010 aims to improve equal access to employment opportunities and ensure fairness for employees and job applicants. Under the Act, it is unlawful to discriminate against people at work because of nine areas termed in the legislation as protected characteristics.
This workshop will show you how to develop an Equality and Diversity Policy that promotes equality, prevents discrimination and enhance your organisations reputation as an employer.
By the end of session you will be able to:
• Demonstrate the importance of updating your organisations Equality and Diversity Policy
• Identify the “Nine Protected” Characteristics
• Develop a policy that is compliant with current legislation
• Identify the benefits of promoting equality and diversity
• Monitor and review your policy
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Monday 4 December, 10am – 1pm
Fundraising is not only about having a great idea, it is about selling that idea to the people who can make it a reality.
This workshop will help you to develop skills and techniques that will help you to make your idea into a reality.
By the end of this workshop you will know more about:
• How to prepare information
• What funders are looking for and how to meet their criteria
• How to demonstrate to funders you have a track record of success
• How to answer typical funding application questions well
• Common pitfalls and the reasons funding applications fail
• Local funders and what they will fund
Time will be available before the end of the session for you to speak to the Hounslow Voluntary Sector Support Service Funding and Development Officer to make a further appointment to discuss any funding applications you are currently working on.
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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