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  • Developing a consortium bidding vehicle

    How the Interlink Foundation streamlined their bidding consortium.

  • How to build cross-sector collaboration

    As the state continues to shrink, and commissioners across a range of public service delivery areas are faced with meeting rising demand with diminishing resources, new ways of working and meeting community needs will be necessary, and the social economy sector will need to be a part of co-designing these new systems and solutions. Collaborations across agencies, disciplines and sectors, will become more common. Here at Exeter CVS, the steps we identified are closely aligned to John Kotter's change process described in his change management "fable", " Our Iceberg is Melting ."

  • Due Diligence

    Actions to ensure a planned merger is in the best interests of your organisations and beneficiaries

  • Partnerships

    A wiki for the sector to share their experiences working in partnerships and sharing top tips.

  • How to subcontract - what you need to consider

    This is a list of questions and considerations for organisations considering entering in to subcontracts. Subcontractors deliver some of the work of a contract which has been given to another organisation.  The prompts we list here are designed to help you assess the quality and risks of these potential relationships. 

  • Viability of community shared ownership of a voluntary sector building

    Voluntary Action Sheffield shares its rationale for exploring a community shared ownership model for its building, the Circle.

  • Using collaboration to improve sustainability

    Isle Help is an Advice Service Transition Fund project based on the Isle of Wight which has helped to improve the availability and sustainability of its Information, Advice and Guidance (IAG) services in the area.

  • Merging infrastructure organisations to ensure sustainability

    By Tracy Rudling, CEO of Community 360. Two neighbouring infrastructure organisations in Essex and a training provider merge and create Community 360, a more sustainable organisation able to serve local communities more effectively and efficiently.

  • How to develop lasting partnerships

    Partnerships may be formal or informal, involve networking or detailed relationship-building, and create grass-roots relationships and/or strategic alliances. Developing partnerships is critical to the success of any community initiative. Although developing partnerships involves a lot of work for what may seem like little obvious or immediate return, the long-term impact is usually worth the wait, as Fair Share Trust Local Agents’ examples below show. 

  • How to start a relationship with a digital partner on the right footing

    The relationship and integration between a voluntary organisation and a digital agency is vital in creating effective and impactful digital products and services. But with different styles of working, different pressures and accountability, and often different approaches to decision making, there can be difficulties in making these relationships work well. With that in mind, it’s best to address the potential issues in an open and honest conversation. This How To maps out that conversation and, if you document it well, you can use it to create a memorandum of understanding (MOU) that forms the spirit and detail of a contract. Broadly, the process follows these questions: Who are we, and how are we going to work together? Who owns what and how can we maximise its value?

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