Leading Partnerships to Transform Place

Councils may have a whole range of partnerships with other big institutions, such as the NHS, the voluntary and community sector (VCS), local businesses, and communities and community groups.

An effective partnership should be underpinned by shared goals to shape and build stronger local places. But there are many challenges to both building and working effectively in partnerships. These include organisations having different priorities and ways of working, not covering the same geographic area, limitations on resources and capacity, and organisations working at different paces with varying degrees of bureaucracy to accommodate.

In some respects, during the Covid-19 crisis, partnerships have formed rapidly and broken through barriers which previously seemed insurmountable. In many local areas, organisations and communities have come together to respond to the crisis. Some of the old barriers to working together have temporarily fallen away.

But equally, the crisis has amplified some challenges which were there before. There is an appetite to capture and sustain the best of these new ways of working, while responding to the ongoing barriers to collaborating productively. There are great opportunities, but also challenges to sustaining and building on these 4 new ways of working during the ongoing impact of the crisis and as new pressures emerge.

Here, we explore three big challenges which participants identified, and share the practical and insightful tips, approaches, and solutions raised during the session:

  1. HOW TO CREATE A SENSE OF SHARED PURPOSE AND VISION
  2. HOW TO NAVIGATE EACH PARTNER’S DIFFERENT OBJECTIVES, GEOGRAPHIES AND WORKING CULTURES
  3. HOW TO BUILD PERSONAL RELATIONSHIPS TO UNDERPIN
    PARTNERSHIPS