Hurdles on the way to the starting gate – the going’s good as long as we don’t fall at the water jump: a 3rd sector organisation delivering in partnership with local authorities.
Knowledge Transfer Partnerships can raise the profile of the host organisation and provide greater access to new areas of knowledge and influence. They provide additional skills and opportunities for existing staff to benefit from wider knowledge. For the RCC (Leicestershire & Rutland) a vibrant, small, registered charity employing 15 people and working with large numbers of volunteers, hosting the Communities Cutting Carbon KTP project is a great opportunity; obstacles have been encountered on the way and others may yet present themselves. We explore a range of issues, from obtaining funding, to the management, time commitment and partnership issues surrounding it. Links to local authorities and existing RCC projects will be explored and we discus the supporting role that 3rd sector organisations such as RCC‟s play in identifying, enabling and supporting volunteers to deliver local community projects. The findings will highlight the precarious funding situation in which the 3rd sector often finds itself, and the barriers to progress that result. It will show the move towards partnership approaches between the sector and local authorities and the ability of volunteers to deliver projects with a little support from community development experts and partners.
Citation : Cook, D., Lemon, M. and Reeves, A. (2011) Hurdles on the way to the starting gate – the going’s good as long as we don’t fall at the water jump: a 3rd sector organisation delivering in partnership with local authorities. KTP Associates Conference, May 2011, Brighton.
Research Group : Institute of Energy and Sustainable Development
Research Institute : Institute of Energy and Sustainable Development (IESD)