Training & Consultancy

Over the past two years, CDF has become very aware of the need for training and learning opportunities covering community development and community engagement topics. Building on our experience of contract delivery for a range of clients, we worked with some of our most experienced associates to develop a range of courses to a wide range of people who work with communities e.g. those in local authorities, housing associations, health and the voluntary sector. All courses are participatory and experiential in style.

We know there is still a need for this type of training and learning, and so we would like you to be aware that our courses, which were co-developed and delivered, will still be available, being directly delivered by our associates.


The courses that will be available are;

An Introduction to Community Development
Looks at the values and principles that underpin good community development, and provides an opportunity to explore and reflect on practice and the impact it has on communities.
Aimed at those who are just starting out in community based work and / or are looking to incorporate community development processes into other roles.

Community Development for experienced practitioners
An opportunity to deepen your understanding of what you do, why you do it and how you do it. This course links theory and practice and provides an opportunity to reflect on your role and community outcomes.
Aimed at those with experience in a community development role.

How to engage with Communities
Designed for community engagement practitioners who want to use creative methods of engagement and facilitate community led development.
Aimed at people in a variety of roles that require facilitation and engagement skills and methods

Identifying your Community’s Strengths with Mapping and Profiling
Will help deepen the understanding of a local area and identify the strengths and assets that will enable the delivery of positive change.
Aimed at people working in and with communities who want to learn about asset based approaches to mapping and profiling as a tool for informing and generating community action.

Working in Partnership to create Sustainable Community Projects
Explores the secrets of successful partnerships and how to develop and deliver sustainable community projects.
Aimed at people working and in, and involved in developing projects in partnership between, public agencies, communities and private businesses.

Tailor made courses
Courses can also be designed specifically for your needs, based on a minimum of 6 participants.

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For any further information about the courses or training in general, then please do contact Wendy Sugarman,

Below are the services that we offer at CDF:

Love Your Community quality mark

Our Love Your Community assessments have been designed to help small and medium-sized businesses (SME)s get recognised and rewarded for community engagement best practice with the award of a quality mark.

Understanding and reporting social value can also help you to differentiate yourself as a progressive business.

Love Your Community


CDF has an in-house research and evaluation team that conducts evaluations of a wide range of community-led activities, specialising particularly on the impact of programmes. We can help you with a range of support services.

We can help design an evaluation framework which enables you to collect information on and report your impact to your shareholders, stakeholders and staff, conduct case studies as part of your public affairs planning or undertake research where a new approach is being trialled so that you have a robust evidence based for further development.

Research purple

Community Justice Standard

We have developed the Community Justice Standard to recognise organisations with a track record of effective and robust delivery of services for offenders, ex-offenders and those at risk of offending.

It ensures that voluntary and community sector providers of these services meet a recognised quality standard and can evidence the impact of their delivery in reducing reoffending.

Community Justice Standard

Grant administration

CDF is an expert grant administrator and has managed funds for clients worth millions, distributing grants that range from £250 to £1m. If you are a business that invests financially in your community, through one-off donations, or grant schemes, we can help you to review your practices, so that you are strategic, clear and robust in making these investments.

We can also advise on the appropriate systems you should consider, to manage reputational and financial risk. And if you feel that you would prefer to invest your people skills elsewhere, CDF can undertake programme management and grant administration on your behalf. For more information, contact

Grant Administration

Why is this important?

We have seen businesses focusing more on social responsibility and delivering social value, which is partly due to the Public Service (Social Value) Act 2012, which applies to public sector contracts. Businesses, large and small, are now keen to more effectively engage with communities and be recognised for doing so.

As an organisation with nearly 50 years experience of community development, we have the expertise to help businesses develop and meet their social and community outcomes. We have helped businesses progress and extend their community work, to both improve community relations, and differentiate their brand from competitors.

Whether you are yet to get fully involved in community engagement and would like to learn more about the opportunities, implications and approaches, or whether you are already undertaking community engagement activities and need support to review and further develop your operations, we can help.