The aim of the awards is to recognise the good work undertaken by volunteer community building management committees throughout Devon, and to encourage improvement across all their work and activities. Committees will receive a Hallmark Award in recognition of their achievement in managing their hall to a nationally recognised standard.

The aims of the Hallmark awards are to:

  • Encourage, establish and reward good practice.
  • Encourage improvement in established customs and procedures.
  • To obtain recognition from other bodies of the standard of management of community facilities.

How does it work?

There are 3 Hallmark Levels:

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

Hallmark operates in sequential order, so a Hallmark 1 must be achieved before a Hallmark 2, and a Hallmark 2 before a Hallmark 3.  Set your own pace, as a committee you can decide how many Hallmark Awards you want to achieve and in what timeframe!

The Assessment process – Peer Visitors
Instead of external evaluators the Hallmark scheme will use “peer visitors” from other community buildings management committees to assess award applications against set criteria.

They will visit committees entered into the Hallmark Scheme. The committee will need to show evidence to the peer visitors that they are fulfilling the requirements of the Hallmark Award.

Receiving an Award
A Hallmark certificate will be presented at the Devon Association of Community Buildings annual conference. A Hallmark certificate will be valid for three full years from the date of the official visit. Click here to see who has received an Award.

When to enter
Entry can be anytime throughout the year. However, those halls assessed during the month prior to the annual conference will not receive their certificate until the following year.

How do I join?
If you would like to receive a Hallmark Pack, or receive further information contact:

Martin Rich, Tel: 01392 248919 *141  Devon Communities Together, First Floor, 3 & 4 Cranmere Court, Lustleigh Close, Matford Business Park, Exeter EX2 8PW or  Email: martin@devoncommunities.org.uk