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  • Using collaboration to improve sustainability

    Isle Help is an Advice Service Transition Fund project based on the Isle of Wight which has helped to improve the availability and sustainability of its Information, Advice and Guidance (IAG) services in the area.

  • Merging infrastructure organisations to ensure sustainability

    By Tracy Rudling, CEO of Community 360. Two neighbouring infrastructure organisations in Essex and a training provider merge and create Community 360, a more sustainable organisation able to serve local communities more effectively and efficiently.

  • Outsourcing for charities

    Are you struggling to make cost savings while trying to maintain the same level of services? Outsourcing can be a very effective way of managing your organisation's operating costs. Learn about the dos and don'ts of handing a process over to a third party and successfully managing your outsourcing relationship.

  • How to develop lasting partnerships

    Partnerships may be formal or informal, involve networking or detailed relationship-building, and create grass-roots relationships and/or strategic alliances. Developing partnerships is critical to the success of any community initiative. Although developing partnerships involves a lot of work for what may seem like little obvious or immediate return, the long-term impact is usually worth the wait, as Fair Share Trust Local Agents’ examples below show. 

  • How to collaborate

    This is a brief guide to identify what collaboration options may be appropriate and available to you and how to start the first stages of this.

  • Going officeless

    The Consortium of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Voluntary and Community Organisations shares with us their experiences of going office-less. This case study was gathered as part of the BIG Assist programme.

  • How to use Lean startup approaches in your organisation

    You may have heard people talking about using ‘Lean startup’ approaches or being ‘Lean’. What is being ‘Lean’, and is ‘Lean startup’ only for startups? Being ‘Lean’ means an organisation focuses only on the things that deliver the greatest value to their customers or service users and tries to eliminate other ‘waste’. The idea began in the Japanese manufacturing industry as a way of minimising waste in factory production processes, and was called ‘ Lean manufacturing ’. But since then, startup technology businesses adapted the principles to find new ways to build digital products and services and called this ‘ Lean startup ’. Tips for 'Lean' working Here are tips for applying Lean startup approaches to develop digital products and services in your organisation:

  • About collaborative working

    An introduction to working with other organisations including getting started and key stages.

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