Hallmark – how to obtain the national quality standard for village halls/community buildings - CANCELLED

Course Category:
Community Development


  • £28.89: Members of Devon Communities Together and Growing the Rural Church
  • £36.97: Charities, Community Groups or Parish and Town Councils that are not members of Devon Community Together
  • £69.31: Private Sector organisations and Statutory Local Authorities

course description

The aim of Hallmark is to recognise the work undertaken by volunteer village hall management committees, and to encourage improvement and development. Hallmark acts as a signpost and a beacon to both the local community, partners and funders.  It shows that committees are managing correctly and are meeting all their legal obligations. It is a nationally recognised achievement.

The aim of the awards are to:

  • Encourage, establish and reward good practice
  • Encourage improvement in establishing policies and procedures
  • Obtain recognition from other bodies of a high standard of management

There are three levels of Hallmark. It is expected that all halls should operate to a minimum of levels one and two.

  • Hallmark 1 - Charity Administration and Management
  • Hallmark 2 - Health, Safety, Security and Licensing
  • Hallmark 3 - Community and Social Awareness, and Forward Planning

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A guide to the assessment requirements is provided and help is available to prepare for an assessment.

When the community building has completed the requirements for assessment they will be assessed by two “peer visitors”.  The peer visitors are volunteers who are involved in or have been involved in the management of a community building in Devon. The peer visitors will have completed a specific training course to be able to assess a community building. They are there to share knowledge, offer encouragement and to provide an important focal point for the transfer of skills and best practice. They will meet with representatives of the management committee to review their policies, processes and practices.

Successful assessments are acknowledged with a certificate of achievement. A Hallmark certificate is valid for three years.

For further information contact Martin Rich – martin@devoncommunities.org.uk    01392 248919  ext 141

*PLEASE NOTE. If you are part of a mission community involved in the Growing the Rural Church Project, please book the DCT members rate and ensure that you include the name of your parish and mission community when booking.

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aims and objectives

During this course you will gain knowledge on areas such as:

  • Charity administration and management 
  • Licensing
  • Health, safety and security
  • Forward planning
  • Community awareness
  • The assessment process

about your tutor 

Martin Rich

Martin is the community buildings advisor at Devon Communities Together. He works closely with village hall committees to help them understand their responsibilities and to run their halls successfully. He advises on the many technical and legal requirements of running a hall, raising funds and managing major projects. He runs the Hallmark quality assurance scheme.

Additionally he is our energy advisor for domestic and community buildings; advises on parish plans, sport, play and helps organise many of our events.


Please let Support Services know if there is anything that would affect your learning and if there is anything we can do to enable you to fully participate in our courses and we will do our best to accommodate you.

Call Support Services on 01392 248919 or email info@devoncommunities.org.uk