We live in changing times. Increasingly, voluntary groups can find themselves expected to compete against each other for ever decreasing resources. But this is not where we want to be pushed as charities, social enterprises or community-led initiatives. We want to work together – instead of competing – so we can maximise our resources, have our voices heard, and do the best for our beneficiaries.
So, we wanted to share with you a little about one piece of work in East Sussex trying to develop and embody a collaborative approach. The SpeakUp Forum has been organising a working group to discuss these ideas and see what we can develop. This has included consideration of:
· What kinds of models might help us work better together
· How might we do things differently in terms of governance and operations
· Talking strategically with the public sector
· Defining the service offers we can make together as a voluntary sector
· Exploring how to reach all clients and communities
A real spirit of collaboration has been fostered and we now want to move to the next stage – not just talking but doing collaboration. To make this happen, a new ‘Collaborative Development Group’ is being launched. This is about championing the desire to work collaboratively – and committing to work to collaborative principles rather than competitive ones. The group will be looking for opportunities to work together, to learn, and to develop shared best practice.
Any organisation from the sector is very welcome to be part of the group. Please contact the SpeakUp Forum, using the online form below, if you would like to:
· Join the group and/or
· Be kept informed about how the group develops
We are excited to see how we can achieve the most by cooperation rather than competition!