COLLABORATION FOR SUCCESS. Heather McTaggart The Basin Community House – On behalf of the Knox Network.
Who are we?We are a group of five Community Houses/Learning Centres in the outer east of Melbourne.Each diverse in our organisational size, delivery and community needs.But all committed to a collaborative approach to achieve positive community and sector outcomes.Our network has strengthened and grown organically over time rather than being planned. It is built on trust and mutual respect.
The Basin Community House
Coonara Community House
Orana Neighbourhood House
Mountain District Learning Centre
Rowville Neighbourhood Learning Centre
& distributed by Council
Meeting challenges along the way…sometimes developing
procedures on the run. This could vary depending on funding,
expertise, timing and compliance.
Memorandum of Understanding drawn up after misunderstandings between key partners.
Key purpose was to support consistency of practice
Sharing goals, equal contribution to physical and human resources
Equal contribution to combined brochures and marketing tools along with other partners (not changing commitment half way through project)
Coordinated united approach to the project.
Welcoming opportunities – festivals, business forums & media
Streamlining documentation across the network
Community Houses Association of the Outer Eastern Suburbs
Within our own Knox network, mentoring and support for new managers and peer support as required.