In recent years reduced funding opportunities, an increase in demand for women’s services, and the shift from public sector grant giving to commissioning has had a negative impact on smaller, specialist women’s services. Competitive tendering pits women’s organisations against one another and against larger, generic service providers, stretching already under-resourced organisations.
Working in partnership allows women’s organisations and services to support one another, sharing resources and expertise to engage more effectively with the commissioning process.
‘WRC continues to identify emerging need via our vast network of organisations. WRC continues to grow and sustain the work of partnerships, champion the work of small specialist organisations and highlight the issues which disproportionately impact women organisations and their beneficiaries.’ Dionne Nelson, WRC Deputy Chief Executive
In a series of blogs written by the Women’s Commissioning Support Unit team, we explore the landscape that has made partnership working vital for the sector, as well as the advantages, and challenges, of working in partnership. Click here to read more.