Positive partnerships

We recently asked our members and those working in charities, voluntary groups and social enterprises across Scotland to share any successful partnership projects they have with the public sector.

We got some great feedback and have created this page as a resource for those working in both the voluntary and public sector, to see how successful collaboration starts, how it works in practice and what the ultimate benefits are for both organisations and communities, along with some ‘top tips’ from the people working in positive partnerships right now.

We hope you find it useful, and use it to point to examples of existing positive partnerships when you’re seeking to build your own cross-sector collaborations – get in touch and let us know how you get on!

Getting Better Together

Getting Better Together (GBT) is a community-based initiative that aims to improve the health and wellbeing of the local community in North Lanarkshire. It’s based in Shotts and offers a range of services for people of all ages including community transport. 
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Glasgow’s Winter Night Shelter

Glasgow’s Winter Night Shelter, led by Glasgow City Mission, has been helping to provide shelter to the homeless since 2010. For the last few years, the shelter has had a broad range of partners including the local Health and Social Care Partnership (HSCP).
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Forth Valley Sensory Centre

The Sensory Centre is a unique set-up. A charity, it began sixteen years ago as a fusion of the public and voluntary sector under one roof. Originally funded by the Scottish Government and National Lottery, it generates income from cross-sectoral partners who rent space within the centre, including NHS, three local authorities and sensory loss charities.
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Food Train

Food Train, a voluntary service which provides weekly food shopping, handyperson, meal-sharing and library services to older people in their own home, has a very positive relationship with West Lothian Council and NHS via the Health and Social Care Partnership.
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Family Wellbeing Service

The Family Wellbeing service is run by the charity Stepping Stones for Families (SSfF), funded by Glasgow’s Health and Social Care Partnership (HSCP) and the council’s Education Early Years’ department. It targets families on the edge of crisis, focussing on supporting parents so that they, in turn, are better able to support their children.
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Opportunities Fife Partnership

Fife Voluntary Action and Fife Council work together on employability in the region, and as part of this, Fife Voluntary Action employ an Employability Development Manager to support voluntary sector employability providers, ensuring theirs concerns and needs are represented, and shares strategic priorities and opportunities back out to voluntary sector providers.
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East Ayrshire Youth Services

East Ayrshire Council remodelled the region into five hubs, covering the whole of the council area, and – in conversation with those organisations running their youth work services at the time – arranged for three of the five hubs to be delivered by the voluntary sector.
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Jean’s Bothy

Jean’s Bothy is a newly co-produced hub model between Argyll and Bute Health and Social Care Partnership (HSCP) and ENABLE Scotland, providing mental health support to the Helensburgh and Lomond community.
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East Lothian Area Partnerships

East Lothian’s area partnerships are community-led and chaired by a local community volunteer. The membership of each consists of the elected members in the ward, a representative of each of the community councils, parent councils, tenants’ and residents’ associations, local voluntary sector organisations and community groups.
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CRNS Reuse Consortium

Community Resources Network Scotland (CRNS) is a membership body for community organisations managing waste resources at a local level. It led the tender process on behalf of a consortium of 16 members to bid for a place on the Domestic Furniture and Furnishings framework.
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Page last modified on 23rd January 2020