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Charter for Collaboration

Sun 19 Apr 2015

Working in partnership has been such a mantra in recent years that it can feel old hat and increasingly a little meaning less. At the same time, many national funders and central government investment in the sector is channelled in such a way that it favours single large companies rather than small local providers and it often drives a competitive wedge between organisations that might otherwise work closely together for a common good.

Support Staffordshire was formed through the close collaboration of 6 local CVS organisations; and they were born out of the coming together of dozens of local groups, some over 40 years ago. For us collaboration is both our history and our present and for this reason we wanted to say where we stand from the outset – our Charter for Collaboration sets out over just 2 sides of A4 the ethos & values that are the bedrock of our organisation and what they means in practice when working with us for Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) Organisations, for fellow Support Bodies, for Investors & Commissioners and for Civic Leaders.

The Charter sets out our commitment to local working, being focussed on communities, sharing our learning, rather than holding onto it for commercial purposes; plus the principle of fairness and the foundation of trust that we both bring to and expect from collaboration. The Charter commits us to work with the whole sector and to only act with your consent. It states our opposition to Universal Prime Contractor models of funding and the need for independence in sector support as well as interdependence in the outcomes we seek. Download the Charter for Collaboration  PDF iconCharter for Collaboration.pdf For more information contact Garry on garry.jones@supportstaffordshire.org.uk Picture: Support Staffordshire Board, L2R, Garry Jones (Chief Executive), Richard Soulsby (Trustee), Jan Wilson (Vice Chair), David Weatherley (Chair), John Downie (Trustee), Harry Edwards (Trustee)

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