|Consortia and joint working|
Newcastle consortium working group
The consortium working group has been set up to work on the options for setting up a VCS consortium in Newcastle. Membership of the group is drawn from organisations that attended the Neil Coulson workshop in May 2012 and came to the following MEA House meeting in June. The working group is using the key actions agreed at the June meeting as a framework for its activity.
In August Neil Shashoua from Trapeze Consulting, on behalf of the Working Group, carried out a baseline survey to gauge the level of interest in developing a citywide VCS consortium to deliver public services. The survey will be used to inform the structure and services potentially provided by a Newcastle VCS consortium.
Newcastle consortium working group position statement June 2013
Since April the consortium group has been working with Neil Coulson and John Gillespie from ACEVO on the next stage of development for the consortium. The working group has produced an updated the position statement setting out the how consortium is developing, including the operating model and scope of the consortium.
Newcastle Consortium feedback event April 2013
Building on the findings of Trapeze Consulting's baseline report, since September 2012, the Consortium Working Group has focused on identifying an appropriate structure and scope for a Newcastle consortium and creating a values statement to inform how it would operate. This stage has been influenced by going out and speaking to existing consortia, in the region and further afield, finding out how they manage both their internal relationships and those with commissioners and decison makers. Individual working group members have also undertaken to keep city council and NHS commissioners up to date with the progress and ambitions of the group.
On 18 April the Newcastle consortium working group hosted a feedback event at the Ouseburn Centre. The event was an opportunity for the working group to report to voluntary and community sector colleagues on the progress it has made. The Group produced a Position Statement, which summarised progress to date and included the values statement and highlights from Trapeze's baseline report. In addition, Dave King from Stockton based voluntary sector consortium Synergy and Gary Stokoe from the Durham County Consortia gave presentations about their experiences of consortium working. The presentations shaped workshop discussions designed to help the working group identify next steps.
A significant development reported by the Newcastle consortium working group was its successful bid to Locality for pre-feasibilty funding. The funding is being used to buy in ACEVOs consortium development toolkit with six days of consultancy time during April to June.
Consortium working in Newcastle June 2012
A follow up meeting to Neil Coulson’s Newcastle consortium workshop was hosted by Newcastle CVS at MEA House on 21 June. Invitations were sent to organisations that had attended the workshop and the purpose of the meeting was to discuss next steps and specifically the setting up a small group to work on plans for a Newcastle VCS Consortium.
CHYP IN network open forum held on 14 June
Consortia working in Newcastle 14 May 2012
Neil Coulson is a consultant specialising in consortium working in the voluntary and community sector. He has advised voluntary and community groups around the country on setting up consortia. Neil has delivered training on behalf of ACEVO and worked with the
Neil delivered a free workshop for 40 Newcastle based voluntary and community groups about setting up a consortium and covering issues such as different models to consider, the challenges to collaborative working and the critical factors for creating a successful consortium.
The workshop was organised by Newcastle CVS, VOLSAG and Mental Health North East.
The CHYP IN network open forum held on 15 March
Following the November 2011 CHYP IN network open forum on collaboration, a small working group has been meeting. The group held a workshop at the March open forum proposing a collective approach and presented their discussion on the pros and cons of collaboration.
For more information about the group contact Pam Jobbins or Martin Gollan at NCVS
The Better Together project
The Better Together project ran for two years, and supported three consortia: the All Together Consortium for Children, Young People and Families in Sunderland, the Northumberland Young Carers’ Partnership and the Stockton on Tees Children and Young People’s Consortium.
The Was it Better report gives an overview of the Better Together project and draws out some key learning about collaboration and partnership working, and provides case studies detailing the progress made by the consortia. The project produced a range of resources for VCSE organisations to use in the development of future consortia and partnerships, including:
A video about the project was made and is on Children England website.
VOLSAG consortium survey report March 2012
VOLSAG, The Voluntary Sector Advisory Group and Mental Health North East have carried out a survey into developing a consortia and collated the results