Collaboration and Co-Design

It was really informative and inspiring and has made me feel much more confident and positive about potential collaboration opportunities and how to manage them! - Participant 2023

Purpose of course

As the landscape of the third sector changes, collaborative projects may be the way forward to ensuring a stronger team, access to resources and potentially also access to funding. Though scientifically it is proven that diversity and collaboration bring creativity and innovation - how do we navigate the conflict or competition that can occur? This topical workshop will allow participants to discuss the following topics:

  • Advantages and disadvantages of collaboration 
  • Methods of approaching collaboration 
  • Sharing funding - Sharing risk?
  • Research findings on same-sector and cross-sector collaboration
  • Good Practice for protecting all parties 

All participants will receive our Guide to Collaboration resource post-event. Whether collaborating with the private sector to recruit volunteers or collaborating with another community project to share funding and grow your resources and reach, We hope this session and booklet can help you collaborate with confidence and achieve successful outcomes. 

Additional Support 

Any attendee of this course will gain the opportunity to access 1:1 support and consultancy with Befriending Networks staff to create a collaborative contract template that meets good practice.  

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This course is £20 for members of Befriending Networks and £35 for non-members. Are you a member? Make sure and log in to receive your discount 


* Please note: we understand that circumstances may require a change of training dates. We allow you to defer once when we are given notice of at least 48 hours, after that it is seen as a non-refundable cancellation. Please check your diary before committing to any dates.