Stronger partnerships: the future of third sector and local government collaboration
Hosted by SCVO
Date: Thursday 21 February
Time: 2pm – 4pm
Room: Lomond Suite
In an ideal world, local government would welcome the third sector as an equal partner in building capacity and agency in our communities. Together we can deliver better outcomes across multiple social challenges.
But financial constraints and the commissioning environment have created transactional, even competitive, relationships with a lack of understanding and trust on both sides. Relationships between the third sector and local councils can be strained, or even broken. Yet good relationships between the third sector and local government should be at the heart of building great communities. The question is – are we willing and able to put in the effort to develop a new model of working together? Can we commit to understanding each other better and building mutual trust and respect?
Greater Manchester is at an exciting point at the start of the devolution journey. The Combined Authority, led by Mayor Andy Burnham, is challenging old ways of working and looking afresh at how all the different parts work together for the good of communities. Oldham is one of the areas leading the way.
In this session, we will compare and contrast the Scottish experience with what’s happening in the Greater Manchester and see what we can learn.
- Duncan Dunlop, Chief Executive of Who Cares? Scotland
- Carolyn Wilkins, Chief Executive of Oldham Council
- Liz Windsor-Welsh, Chief Executive of Action Together
- Cllr Elena Whitham, Cabinet Member for Housing and Communities, East Ayrshire Council