Collaborate

Six partnerships that explored collaborative strategies towards tendering for Supporting People contracts.

Much of the housing related support provided in the UK has traditionally come from small, specialist local voluntary organisations.

The introduction of competitive tendering processes has made it increasingly difficult for small providers to get new contracts and to continue delivering services.

Collaborate (2007-2009) was developed by HACT in partnership with Sitra and the National Housing Federation to test how different types of consortia would fare under the new Supporting People framework.

The project comprised six partnerships – in Durham, Liverpool, Redbridge, Rotherham, Southend and Suffolk – with each exploring a different collaborative approach. Insights and learning from the project has been developed into a resource kit for small providers and local authorities.

The second phase of the Collaborate project tested resource-sharing models in Bolton, Nottingham, Durham and London. A series of eight worksheets is available, as well as other learning.

SNAP, one of the six partnerships, has also produced a document explaining the learning from its experiences.

Related resources

Sustaining diversity through collaborative tendering

The findings of this report are thus of profound relevance to the way in which the new thinking on meeting the needs of vulnerable people plays out in practice.

Collaborate 1 - Sustaining diversity through collaborative tendering: Executive Summary

The findings of this executive summary are of profound relevance to the way in which the new thinking on meeting the needs of vulnerable people plays out in reality.

Collaborate worksheets - How to Collaborate

A series of eight worksheets, providing information and advice about collaborative partnerships for Supporting People providers