Collaborative working covers a spectrum of ways that two or more organisations can work together, from informal networks and alliances through joint delivery of projects to full merger.

Information and guidance

Knowhow Nonprofit is our main advice and support website. View our collaborative working resources on Knowhow Nonprofit.

Read The Inside Track, a quarterly update on developments in parliament and government.

NCVO members can access The Road Ahead, our annual analysis of the changing operating environment for the voluntary sector.

Studyzone video training courses

Studyzone is our video training platform and is free to NCVO members. Watch the courses that are relevant to cross sector working straight from your desk:

Work shadow scheme

Our free work shadowing scheme, A Day in the Life, offers a unique opportunity for staff in government and civil society to step into each other's shoes for a day and learn how the 'other side' operates.

Public services 

Take a look at our public services page to find out how we can help organisations involved in commissioning.

Constructive Voices

Constructive Voices is our project to connect journalists with charities who have positive stories to tell and encourage solutions-focused journalism.

We have resources for charities who want to tell their story, and journalists looking for solutions.

Latest press releases

NCVO: Opening up public services to smaller charities will lead to better outcomes

Commenting on today's announcement by the minister for civil society of a package of measures to help tackle the challenge of getting small charities into the public services supply chain, Sir Stuart Etherington, chief executive of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations, said:

Opening up public services commissioning to smaller charities will lead to better outcomes for the people who depend on them. The expertise of charities helps create caring, responsive and efficient public services.

National Citizen Service should work more closely with local charities, says NCVO

The National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO), which represents charities and volunteering, has welcomed the government's announcement that the National Citizen Service (NCS) will be given a royal charter along with measures to enhance its accountability. NCS has provided positive experiences for many young people and helped them develop important skills.

However, NCVO said that NCS could still do more to work with local charities to ensure it reaches its potential as a starting point for life-long volunteering.

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