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Collaboration and partnership working – making it work

Increasingly organisations are being encouraged or pushed to work together.  Either as alliances, joint programmes or cross sector partnerships.  This half day workshop outlines what is possible and what we can do to create partnerships that really work.

What will I learn?

  • Why collaborate? – What’s driving it?
  • What’s possible – from alliances to mergers – a review of models available.
  • Negotiating an effective relationship – what’s needed?
  • Success and fail factors – how to get the best out of a partnership?

By the end of the session you will be able to: 

  • Identify the pros and cons of different approaches to collaboration.
  • Plan how to build an effective partnership.
  • Be able to use a range of tools designed to encourage effective partnership working
  • Recognise potential opportunities for your organisation.

Trainer profile

Alan Lawrie is an established consultant specialising in strategy and business planning.  He is the author of five books on different aspects of managing voluntary organisations.  He has worked with several commissioners and voluntary agencies throughout the commissioning and bid writing process.

Who should attend?

Staff and trustees of organisations interested in working with other similar organisations.

Benefits to you

A practical session packed with real life examples, case studies, tools and techniques.

Wednesday 22nd September 2021

10.00 am – 1.30 pm (3.5 hours with a break halfway) 


  • £45 per person for OCVA Members
  • £60 per person from a charitable organisation who are not OCVA members
  • £75 per person from a non-charitable organisation

The training will be held online using Zoom


Please note there are two steps to this process and both steps of the process will need to be completed to secure your place.

  1. Complete the Google bookings form and register your details
  2. Make payment via PayPal within two working days of registering for the course. We’re using PayPal for this event. Select ‘pay with a debit or credit card ‘ if you don’t have a PayPal account (there’s no need to sign in to PayPal).

Step 1:

Step 2:

Choose payment type:

OCVA Members
£ 45.00
  • Pay with PayPal
Charitable Organisations*
£ 60.00
  • Pay with PayPal
Non charitable rate
£ 75.00
  • Pay with PayPal
Course details at a glance

Date: Wednesday 22nd September 2021

Time: 10.00 am – 1.30 pm

Cost:  £45 – £75

Enquiries contact

When contacting us please state the name of the course your correspondence is in relation to.

Email training@ocva.org.uk or call us on 01865 251946

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