Collaborative working covers a spectrum of ways that two or more organisations can work together, from informal networks and alliances, through to joint delivery of projects to full merger. 

There are many factors in the current climate driving groups to work more closely together, top of the list being reduced resources, desire for more efficient services and changes to government and local authority policy. But there are many  benefits to collaborative working. Collaborative working can help your organisation to develop a stronger voice, share knowledge and information, deliver new more integrated services and make efficiency savings through sharing costs.

Whatever type of collaborative working organisations choose it must work for both partners and, most importantly of all, must be done in the best interests of beneficiaries.

So how can you strategically go about collaboration? What practical steps can you take to move towards more collaborative working? When is it right for an organisation? How do you find the right partners? Community Southwark can work with you to find the answers to these questions and find the type of collaboration that is best for your organisation.

If you need support with collaboration and partnerships contact our Development Team: We can:

  • Facilitate collaboration and partnership discussions

  • Offer one to one support and advice, signposting you to useful resources

  • Provide training and other consultancy around collaboration

  • Provide partnership agreement templates

Community Southwark Useful Resources

Community Southwark Resources - Commissioning: a page packed full of everything you need to know about commissioning, useful for htose thinking of working as part of a consrtium or in partnership/

Community Southwark Resources - Premises: useful fact sheets on premises issues including leases, you may want to discuss when thinking about collaborative ventures

Collaboration and Partnerships Jargon Buster: an easy to read jargon buster covering the key terms in collaborative working

Collaborative Working: Resources : a quick reference guide to a variety of resources and articles on collaboration

Working in Partnership - an overview: Provides an introduction to different types of collaboration, opportunities and risks and Top Tips

External Resources:

Charity Commission – Collaborative working and Mergers, an introduction: Key things to take into consideration when exploring collaboration and merger.

Charity Commission – choosing to collaborate, helping you to succeed: A useful outline of things to conside in collaboration and a very useful Due Dilligence Checklist as an appendix

KnowHow NonProfit – Ways of Working Collaboratively: Outlines different types of collaboration

LVSC -  Vital ingredients when Collaboration and merger are on the Menu: Case studies of collaboration and merger from around London and learning from these examples.

NPC – Collaborating for Impact: Exploring what makes a successful collaboration

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