Management, Governance, Strategy, Trustees

Collaborative Working

Why is collaboration with other charities seen as a threat, rather than an opportunity?

Your staff may feel it’s only a way of cutting costs and that the charity may lose its identity. But well-managed collaboration can actually be liberating for your organisation.

Vital work will not overlap. Savings will be made, but in the right way. The communities you work with will be better served.

This is your complete guide to making collaborative work effective, without losing what makes your organisation unique.

Who should buy this book?

This practical guide will be of real benefit to trustees and managers, but is of general interest to anyone considering linking up with other organisations.

What does it cover?

  • This guide features dozens of case studies and draws on real experience to put you in the picture.
  • Written by experts in charity management and collaboration.
  • Toolkit approach helps you to plan your own strategies.
  • Outlines the benefits, as well as the pitfalls, of collaborative working.
  • Honest, expert, helpful and well-argued.

‘This book is probably the best thing that can be read on this topic at this time.’

Craig Dearden-Phillips, Managing Director and Founder, Stepping Out


‘An invaluable tool kit and guide for practitioners and decision-makers navigating the potential pitfalls and benefits of collaborative working.’

 Lainya Offside-Keivani, Chief Executive, Abbey Community Association, Westminster


‘This well-argued and helpful book has come along at a time when all of us need to be thinking about how we best serve those for whom our organisations exist, rather than serving our organisations for their own sakes. With case studies, exercises designed to help you find solutions, no pat answers and the right amount of detail, this book is invaluable.’

Jan Cosgrove, National Secretary, Fair Play for Children


‘This practical guide will be of real benefit to trustees and managers considering working more closely with others to achieve their objectives. … Get it on the bookshelf and use it when you need it!’

Nigel Scott, Course Director, South Bank University

Look inside

Have a look inside Collaborative Working.

About the authors

Alan Lawrie

Alan Lawrie is a well-known and highly respected independent consultant and trainer. Before moving into consultancy he worked in management roles in the voluntary sector and the public sector. His specialises in strategy, business planning, commissioning and organisational development. He has written several books for DSC including the bestselling Business and Strategic Planningnow in its 4th edition and never out of print since it was first published in 1988, Collaborative Working, Creating and Managing New ProjectsandDeveloping Your Organisation.

Jan Mellor

Jan is a knowledgeable and enthusiastic advocate of the not for profit sector and is passionate in her belief that good management is what makes the difference between organisations that deliver and those that don’t.

Her background as a lone worker on a project and as Director of a medium-sized national voluntary organisation provided solid experience on which to build her work as a trainer and consultant.
Her specialisms include governance, management development, interim management and project management.

She is joint author of The Complete Guide to Surviving Projects and Collaborative Working published by DSC.

If you buy a hard copy of Business and Strategic Planning, you will receive a free hard copy of Collaborative Working.

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Price £24.95

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