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Collaborative working – also known as joint or partnership working – covers a variety of ways that two or more organisations can work together. Options range from informal networks and alliances, through joint delivery of projects to full merger.
Collaborative working can last for a fixed length of time or can form a permanent arrangement. What these options have in common is that they involve some sort of exchange, for mutual advantage, that ultimately benefits end users.
In recent years, interest in collaborative working has been growing, driven by the sector's drive for effectiveness and efficiency, government policy and public opinion.
Working with others can offer opportunities to:
Almost any voluntary or community sector activity can be done in collaboration:
Find out about different ways of working collaboratively.
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