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Survival through collaboration. Day 2 will look at the following: Models of collaboration Launch of and discussion of Voice4Change England’s principles and guidelines for collaboration in the BAME/MRC sector Case studies of successful collaboration in BAME/MRC sector. Models of collaboration.

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survival through collaboration
Survival through collaboration

Day 2 will look at the following:

  • Models of collaboration
  • Launch of and discussion of Voice4Change England’s principles and guidelines for collaboration in the BAME/MRC sector
  • Case studies of successful collaboration in BAME/MRC sector

In groups match the definitions with the models of collaboration and find the odd one out

  • Collaboration
  • Partnership working
  • Shared services
  • Shared back office
  • Merger
  • Group structure
  • Network
  • Coalition
  • Consortium
  • Co-location

Joint working by two or more charities in order to fulfil their purposes whilst remaining as separate organisations to enable a greater overall output than if they pursued the activity alone

Any examples in the room?

BAME/MRC partners collaborating to put on these 2 events

partnership working
Partnership working

Included in the broad definition of collaboration this is a working arrangement where the partners are independent bodies, agree to co-operate to achieve a common goal, create a process to achieve this goal, plan and implement a jointly agreed programme, share relevant information and pool risks and rewards

Any examples?

London for All – LVSC led London Councils’


shared services
Shared services

The shared delivery of a service to members from across more than one organisation

Any examples?

Example from LVSC research Advice UK/Action for Advocacy

shared back office
Shared back office

Sharing functions such as ICT, HR, finance or health and safety across more than one organisation.

Any examples?

The option of using a cloud system to share ICT across compatible organisations.

Links with co-location

  • Formal long-term arrangement
  • One or more organisations passing their assets to another voluntary organisation and then dissolving
  • Can have different models
  • A and B into C
  • A, B and C into a new organisation

Any examples?

3 from LVSC research

group structure
Group Structure

This model is an alternative to merger and allows a parent body to govern subsidiaries that retain a good deal of their independence and crucially their legal identity. This arrangement can be used as a step on the way to full merger.

Any examples?

3 from LVSC research


An informal grouping of organisations/members with a common interest often hosted at an organisation that acts as the accountable body. This form of collaboration often has a steering group to inform and direct the work of the member organisations. An element of formality can be introduced with Terms of Reference.

Any examples?

London’s Voluntary Sector Forum


An alliance, often a temporary one, of people, factions, parties, or organisations.

Any examples?

End Violence against Women coalition in LVSC research

The Government


An association or a combination of voluntary organisations for the purpose of engaging in a joint venture or a cooperative arrangement among groups or institutions. This model can be formalised by setting up a charity, social enterprise of Community Interest Company to run it.

Any examples?

1 in LVSC research - pan-London VAWG


co location

The placement of several entities or organisations in a single location with the aim of sharing back office functions and reducing costs

Any examples?

LVSC at VAI – 7 organisations under one roof

due diligence
Due diligence

The steps that organisations take to assure themselves that a merger, or other change in working pattern i.e. collaborative working, is in their best interests.

One charity examines one or more other charities before the completion of a merger or other collaborative process), the result of which is that a charity has full knowledge of the organisation (s) they seek to merge or collaborate with. These checks fall into three main areas: commercial, financial and legal.

It is a process not a model of collaboration

group discussions
Group discussions
  • What models if any are missing from the exercise and presentation?
  • What models seem most appropriate for you and your organisations?
  • What experience of any of these models can you share with the group?
any further information
Any further information

Tim Brogden

case study carnival village 1
Case study - Carnival Village 1
  • 4 black arts organisations and steel bands – all been around for a long time
  • Mangrove Community Association and Steel band
  • Association of British Calypsonians
  • YaaAsantewaa
  • Ebony Steel band
case study carnival village 2
Case study - Carnival Village 2

Prime drivers were to:

  • Raise money to ensure sustainability of organisations
  • Ensure that service users continued to benefit
  • Establish a base

Model – group structure – establishing a new organisation called Carnival Village

  • Preserve identities of all partners
  • Avoid loss of trust
case study carnival village 3
Case study - Carnival Village 3


  • All 4 organisations are now more stable and have space
  • As a whole they are more able to raise money
  • Sharing back office saves money
  • Service users continue to get the service they want and trust
  • Less competition for resources and more co-operation
  • Passionate group of community members driving it forward whilst retaining grass roots identity
  • Interest in the buildings is vested in Carnival


case study carnival village 4
Case study - Carnival Village 4


  • Not having a lead partner – the partners decided that it was more equitable not to
  • Keeping on top of the partnership – nurturing it – takes time, energy and resources
  • Group structure with 5 boards
any further information1
Any further information

Tim Brogden