Rhonda Dean 2013 Future Focus Workshop: Collaboration and Community Assets


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Rhonda has been involved with the voluntary and community sector (VCS) most of her life. She has a wealth of knowledge and experience about the VCS and, in 2007, she took on the running of Whitwick Community Coffee Shop. With Rhonda's passion and commitment, the Cafe has developed into a major training initiative covering North West Leciestershire.

Rhonda joined Voluntary Action LeicesterShire's (VAL) 2013 Future Focus Conference to give a workshop on how collaboration can help voluntary and community groups sustain themselves in a difficult economic climate. The workshop looked at ways to streamline services by joining together and developing a shared purpose and vision.

Specifically, Rhonda's workshop helped organsiations find out what a consortium looks like, why a group might consider creating a consortium, how to overcome challenges, and the pluses and minuses of consortium.

While the 2013 Future Focus conference is now over, VAL runs trainings and workshops like Rhonda's year-round. If you'd like to learn more about training for your organisation, visit www.Valoneline.org.uk.

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Rhonda Dean 2013 Future Focus Workshop: Collaboration and Community Assets

  1. 1. Consortium Building Rhonda Dean Whitwick Community Enterprises
  2. 2. *Community Connections North West Leicestershire *A Third Sector Training Consortium
  3. 3. Reasons 1. To enable the partners to bid for Contracts 2. To create Pathways to ensure progression
  4. 4. WCE/CEEP/Worth it Projects Contract holders Provision and quality control Whitwick Community Coffee Shop Marlene Reid Centre Hermitage FM Friends of Holly Hayes Woods Sir John Moore Foundation Shuttlewood Clarke foundation Various selected commercial employers Support /referrals/ progression assistance
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  7. 7. * ESF Contract North West Leicestershire Lead Pathways mapped Decision Pending
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  9. 9. * Quality Control Paying Out Meetings Delegation
  10. 10. * What are the benefits?
  11. 11. Partnership *Collaboration between organisations or stakeholders that have their own independent identities *A real sense of shared purpose with clearly identified and jointly agreed objectives (a ‘partnership’ must be seeking to achieve specific outcomes or outputs that all agencies have agreed upon). *Genuinely shared decision-making and joint ownership where each partner has an equal say over terms of reference, criteria, policy and distribution of resources (it does not exist where one organisation dominates the decision making process and others are merely there to be consulted). *A formalised structure that is agreed by all partners at the outset (this may include, for example, an agreed statement of how the partnership operates, a partnership protocol, an agreed programme of meetings, a separate legal entity).
  12. 12. * *A consortium is typically an alliance of organizations, usually with a common mission and purpose, that seeks to gain a benefit that could not be achieved independently. *Gale Encyclopedia of Public Health
  13. 13. * *Clear Vision and Mission *A Plan of Action. *Leadership. *Documentation. *Communications. *Resources. Reasons for Success
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  15. 15. * *What are the solutions
  16. 16. * What can each member bring to the party?
  17. 17. * *Advantages *Disadvantages
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  19. 19. * rhonda@whitwickcommunityenterprises.co.uk