Voice4Change England launch new guidelines for “Survival Through Collaboration”

News release from Voice4Change EnglandVoice4Change England
2nd October 2013

For immediate release


Voice4Change England launch new guidelines for “Survival Through Collaboration”

 

Today Voice4Change England (V4CE) launched key guidelines to address how infrastructure organisations, funders and partners can work collaboratively with Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic and Refugee (BAMER) groups.

The launch of the recommendations, which took place on October 2 in London, highlighted some of the guiding principles in partnership and collaborative work. The document outlines some of the key ‘pros and cons’ to partnership and collaboration; how to negotiate changes and deal with differences; and provides a key framework for partnerships, collaborations and mergers.
 
Saqib Deshmukh, V4CE Development Officer, who launched the document said: “We felt that there was a need to create a set of simple principles and a framework that will guide BAMER groups, infrastructure organisations and funders through the complex nature of partnership and collaborative working.”
 
The practical guidelines ensure groups are clear about what is the driving force behind the partnership or collaboration, and addresses some of the key barriers minority organisations face in collaboration.
 
Some of the different models of collaboration discussed at the launch comprised partnership working, shared, services, shared-back office, mergers, group structure, networks, co-location, coalitions and shared-back office.
 
Ngoma Bishop of the arts organisation of the arts charity BEMA said: “There is freedom being a small organisation and partnerships are key for growth but many spend a lot of time trying to form partnerships and fail on the delivery side of their work and therefore needs to be a balance.”
 
The guidelines were launched as part of the wider project Modelling Fair and Equitable Collaborations in partnership with the London Voluntary Service Council (LVSC) and funded by City Bridge.
 
 
 
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Voice4Change England
Voice4Change England (V4CE) is a national advocate for the Black and Minority Ethnic voluntary and community sector (BME VCS).  BME voluntary and community organisations (BME VCOs) are a crucial part of civil society that have emerged from and work for BME communities.  By supporting the BME VCS we aim to improve the life outcomes for BME and other disadvantaged communities. 
 
London’s voluntary Service council (LSVC)
LVSC is the collaborative leader of London's voluntary and community sector. We support London's 60,000 voluntary and community organisations to improve the lives of Londoners. - See more at: http://www.lvsc.org.uk/about-lvsc.aspx#sthash.27i1s5cq.dpuf
 
 
For more information or interviews please contact Communications Officer Samantha Watson on 020 7697 4245 or email swatson@voice4change-england.co.uk