Abstracts: March 27th, 2006

The National Council for Voluntary Organisations has published guidance for voluntary and community organisations thinking about working in partnership to deliver public services. Because public service contracts are often sizeable, joint delivery can be the only way for small organisations to get involved. Organisations and their service users can benefit from working together to deliver contracts, rather than by competing with each other. The model focuses on the relationship between voluntary organisations rather than partnership between voluntary organisations and public bodies. Case studies illustrate voluntary sector experience of jointly delivering public services.The guidance is available by email from collaborate@ncvo-vol.org.uk Further information is at: www.ncvovol.org.uk/jointprojects