Southwark Council spends over £650 million a year on supplies, services and works, and uses a procurement system to identify the right suppliers to deliver that goods and services they need.
There are a large number of core services that the voluntary and community sector could be supplying, but often the complicated nature of the procurement system can put groups off from appying.
This training session is designed to give VCS groups an introduction to how the procurement system works, and how charities and community groups can most effectively put a bid together, and be awarded a contract.
We’ll go through the process stage-by-stage, identify key terminology and tools, and look at the do’s and dont’s of submitting a tender. This will make use of the Council’s written guide to tendering for VCS groups, which you can read on our website.
Examples of services that have been awarded to VCS groups via procurement:
- Adult and children social care
- Services for young carers
- Adult learning
- Employment support
- Public health projects
- Community safety – inc drug abuse services and counselling
- Management of cultural venues
About the event
Joining Community Southwark staff will be representatives from Southwark Council’s Procurement team, to talk through the process and their approach, as well as VCS groups who have previously been awarded contracts, to discuss what worked well for them.
Who should attend?
Anyone is welcome, but it may be more useful for those with a leadership, strategic or income generation role. We welcome attendees from small organisations, who may do all three at the same time.
Community Southwark membership
This event is open to Community Southwark members only. Any organisation or individual living or delivering work in Southwark can become a member for free, and registration is quick and simple on our website.