Communities and Local Government have launched a Strategic Partners programme to engage with key third sector organizations. These include all non-governmental organisations that are value driven and which principally reinvest their surpluses to further social, environmental or cultural objectives. It includes voluntary and community organisations, charities, social enterprises, cooperatives and mutuals as well as housing associations.The programme envisages the development of a network of strategic partners who pursue objectives which are in line with the priorities of Communities and Local Government and who operate at a national level in supporting local action. Strategic Partners will be encouraged to support specific areas of the Department’s responsibilities and the overall vision.
A limited number of partners will be appointed in the first phase of the programme and they will provide a bridge to smaller local organisations which provide knowledge and experience at the grass roots level.
Applications to take part in the programme can be made at: http://www.communities.gov.uk/pub/148/ThirdSectorStrategicPartnerScheme_id1511148.pdf