Organisations working together for the voluntary and community sector
PUBLIC SERVICE CONTRACTS AND PARTNERSHIPS
There are many toolkits and guides but here are some links to websites where you can
find guidance we thought was easy to access and relevant to voluntary and community
organisations. Please just click on the links to get more information.
Moving from Grants to Contracts – Key points to consider The National Council for
Voluntary Organisations has a toolkit to help organisations decide which income streams
are appropriate to their structure and objectives. The toolkit lays out the whole range of
income options available to VCOs, of which contracting is one.
Contracting with the public sector – the legal framework It is essential for VCOs that are
contracting with the public sector to be aware of the key influences driving tendering and
purchasing processes. This NCVO website helps you to consider some of the issues.
Forming consortia or partnerships – key considerations There is a wide spectrum of
collaboration, from networking, through joint delivery of projects, to full merger. This
NCVO site helps you decide which option might be right for your organisation.
Getting ready for collaboration The Bassac website offers a range of questionnaires and
checklists to enable you to navigate the collaboration process from start to finish. It also
has model documents for different forms of collaboration.
Budget Cuts and Relationship Management [PDF 42.5KB] This is a summary of a training
presentation around how organisations can influence and develop relationships with
A detailed guide on contracting and getting ready to tender has been published by Children
England entitled “Love Your Tender”. www.childrenengland.org.uk/resources/750
Pathways through the maze - a guide to procurement law, was commissioned by the National
Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) and the National Association for Voluntary and
Community Action (NAVCA) . This is very detailed but worth reading if you are entering into
public service delivery contracts. Download it now (843KB PDF)