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F A C T Experience in Action: Community Programming for Healthy Aging Partnerships S H E E T Fact Sheet 3 in a series of 9 April 1997 Renewed Interest in an Old Tradition Before “partnering” became ™ Generally, there are three T increase access to programs for a catch phrase, seniors’ reasons for partnering. seniors Organizations or groups may T collaborate to create a new organizations often found want to partner because it is a organization (e.g., seniors partners out of necessity or strategic element of effective council or council on aging, out of principle. Seniors community development; they multi-faceted service centre) groups found ways to may need to partner because less T carry out a joint project, foster collaborate, exchanging resources are available; or they the continuation of a project their gifts and talents. may have to partner because a and ensure its sustainability. funder insists on it. Atlantic Seniors’ Networking Forum Why Have Partners? ™ When groups want to partner, the capacity of a partnership is often more than the sum of its parts. The information in this fact ™ Partnership means different sheet comes from a cross- things to different people. Canada process designed to Partners may gather valuable learnings from T share resources (space, staff, seniors’ community projects volunteers, funding and in-kind funded by Health Canada. services) Nine fact sheets share what T exchange information and share was learned about practical networks ways to deal with issues that Partner With Whom? affect seniors’ health and well- T reduce duplication and cut costs ™ Identify partners with similar being. T learn from each other concerns and issues. Learn who does what in your T enhance each other’s power, The fact sheets were produced community and create links credibility and recognition for by the Centre for Health with similar groups. Build on fund raising, lobbying or Promotion, University of existing networks and links. Be Toronto with the participation advocacy ready when the opportunity for and support of the New T complement each other’s a partnership arises. Remember, Horizons: Partners in Aging activities, deliver more it is difficult to form program, Health Canada. comprehensive services and partnerships when in crisis. Permission is granted to refer clients to each other photocopy if the source is acknowledged. P2 April 1997 Partnerships ™ Establish relationships with T Involve partners early so they Pay attention to both people key individuals in different gain a sense of ownership and and paper—written plans are sectors of the community, e.g., commitment. useful for staying on track, for housing, transportation, media, T Take the time to build trust evaluating progress and in business, service clubs, and agree on the basics. Be writing proposals. Develop churches and potential funders. sensitive to each other’s needs. mechanisms for dispute Develop relationships among Ensure open, honest and clear resolution. Use an outside seniors’ groups and with communications. Share each facilitator to help at the trusted persons whom seniors other’s vision and develop a formative stage, if appropriate. respect. Inter-generational common vision, goals, partnerships offer many benefits objectives and work plans for for seniors and the whole Partnerships cannot be the partnership. Partnerships community. formed gradually on the basis forced. Successful ™ Network and form coalitions of a shared desire are more partnerships need time, of seniors groups locally, likely to succeed than those patience, flexibility and regionally, across a province or formed quickly as a listening to partners’ territory and nationally to requirement for funding. concerns. support each other’s causes. T Recognize and work with Quebec Regional Forum ™ Encourage funders to form differences. Acknowledge that partnerships and to clarify and partners have their own coordinate their financial roles individual priorities. and responsibilities. Acknowledge unequal power Key Messages and resources and take the time ™ Partnerships are an essential to negotiate needs and element of community expectations. Respect development. They may involve Effective partnerships limitations and be flexible. information exchange, were often the key to Identify available resources for collaboration on a specific sustaining a project after joint action. Be willing to take project and strategic activities the funding ended. risks and share resources. around common goals. British Columbia/Yukon Resolve any hidden motives or ™ Partnerships bring benefits to Regional Forum control issues. the partners and the T Have a clear picture of how community. the partners will work ™ Effective partnerships are based together. Ongoing on honesty and take time to What Makes Partnerships communication is critical to develop. Approach potential Successful? effective partnerships. Establish partners openly. Take the time T Approach potential partners a structure devoted to to build trust and agree on the openly. Understand their role managing the partnership, e.g., basics. Recognize and work and position in the community. a committee where all partners with differences, and have a Suggest an important issue of have an equal voice and clear picture of how the common interest. Be prepared opportunity to participate in partners will work together. to illustrate the value of decision-making. Define clear partnering and how each roles and responsibilities and ˜ partner can benefit. Check with ensure each partner has a others whether additional particular function. Agree on Related Fact Sheets and sources partners should be included. how power will be shared and of information are listed in Fact how decisions will be made. Sheet #9, Sources and Resources.
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