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Past Project Details


Building Effectiveness 2017

Building Effectiveness in the Hertfordshire Voluntary Sector is an exciting new programme delivered by HCF Training and Development. It is supported by the Garfield Weston Foundation and Will Hobhouse (High Sheriff in 2017) and  delivered in partnership with the Cranfield Trust.

The project will initially run for 2 years starting in January 2017. In each year 10 organisations will be selected to participate in a 9 month tailored, supported development programme. The timetable is summarised in the infographic on this page.

Building Effectiveness Programme Information

Congratulations to all 10 participants who completed the 2017 programme. All have worked hard to make significant changes that aim to make their organisations stronger, more effective and sustainable. The 2017 organisations are:
Crossroads Care Hertfordshire North
CVS Broxbourne & East Herts
Grove Cottage Bishop's Stortford Mencap
Headway Hertfordshire
Herts Inclusive Theatre
Herts Young Homeless
Home-Start Watford & Three Rivers
Rennie Grove Hospice Care
Watford FC's Community Sports & Education Trust
View this film of the participants talking about their experience of Building Effectiveness:

You can also read the portfolio of case studies for each of the 10 organisations to see what they have achieved and how it has made a difference:
Download Building Effectiveness 2017 Case Studies

High Sheriff Awards 8th March 2018

At the High Sheriff Awards on Thursday 8th March 2018 the winner and runner up for the 2017 Building Effectiveness Programme were announced. Congratulations to:

Winner:         Home-Start Watford & Three Rivers

Runner-up:   Watford FC's Community Sports & Education Trust

Emma Power, Scheme Manager for Home-Start Watford & Three Rivers:
"We entered into the Building Effectiveness programme full of ideas and with opportunities in place – not expecting to achieve anywhere near what we have in the last twelve months. I had no idea there would be a ‘winner’ and we are over the moon with the generous donation! In true Building Effectiveness spirit I hope to make use of the donation to further develop our sustainability into the future.
Personally, it has been an incredible learning curve for me, which I have thoroughly enjoyed! From Will’s ‘just get on with it’ attitude, Henry’s fabulous insight into branding to Sue’s training and support.
In a hectic year filled with challenges the ‘time out’ at Will’s house provided time to think and learn from my peers – thank you Will, Sarah and Dawn for facilitating these meetings.
We now find ourselves in a more sustainable position with two shops open and the lottery bid in place - looking forward to a year where we focus on the services we provide to families rather than ‘surviving’
Thank you all for helping us achieve this."

Henry Holland-Hibbert, Home-Start's business mentor:
"Great result Home-Start team and well deserved. Your enthusiasm makes it all worthwhile. All the best!"

Sue Pearlman, their HCF advisor:
"It was a real privilege to meet such a committed, energetic and enthusiastic people... I'm so pleased for you all. You deserved to win!"