Collaborating to Advise; lessons from Avon, Coventry and Nottingham
This report, by consultant Kevin Ireland, looks at work by advice organisations in Avon, Coventry and Nottingham where the Foundation is supporting a range of organisational development through the Strengthening the Voluntary Sector grants programme. The circumstances for advice organisations are extremely challenging. Rather than retreat, the organisations discussed in this report have reached out to others to pursue their shared aims in imaginative and creative ways. There have been significant benefits in terms of improved capacity and improved relationships with the respective local authorities which, in turn, point to better services for people being supported. There have also been challenges, and the report reviews ways in which the impact of collaboration can be enhanced.