Our Making it Work Employment and Skills Consortium brings together nine Deaf and Disabled People’s Organisations which deliver employment and skills support to Disabled Londoners.
We want DDPOs to be able to benefit from the imminent injection of 740 million Euros of European Social Fund (ESF) funding, matched by UK funds, into employment and skills work in London.
In the current financial climate the benefits of working in partnerships are numerous:
- to access funding and tendering opportunities that are inaccessible to small organisations. Increasingly public sector commissioners and trust funders are looking for partnership approaches, or bundle together very large contracts. This is a trend that is likely to continue
- to work together on understanding and communicating the added social value DDPOs bring as user-led organisations
- to share good practice and innovative ways of meeting Disabled people’s needs
Working collaboratively and developing partnerships has been increasingly popular for some time now, but for many voluntary and community organisations setting up and operating in formal partnerships can be very challenging. DDPO-specific support for consortia development is therefore proving really valuable.
One CEO in the Consortium comments “I have valued the opportunity to have input to the consortium… it has been a revelation to discover that we work with 15,000 clients between the nine organisations with a total budget of more than £4 million. It’s showed us that we could be a serious contender when it comes to ESF funding applications. … It has given me more hope in an atmosphere of cuts and closures that we can still grow and help more people.”
Read about the impact Making it Work has had in our infographic below.