Tapping the potential: lessons from the richmond group's practical collaborative work in somerset

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Joy, Iona; Boswell, Katie; Grewal, Satdeep
New Philanthropy Capital
Date of publication
19 February 2018
Social Policy, Social Work, Social Care and Social Services
Social welfare
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This report examines collaboration between the voluntary sector and public bodies. Insights include success factors for collaboration, consideration of the challenges, and reflections for local and national decision-makers beyond Somerset.

Key recommendations:

  • Coming to collaboration with no pre-conceived ideas about products or providers unlocks a different kind of conversation on all sides.
  • Turning an open-ended conversation between the voluntary sector and health system into a productive collaboration requires resource.
  • Collaboration benefits from bridging organisations, like The Richmond Group, and people who make it their job to connect divergent cultures, languages, and priorities.

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