Here 2 Help consortium
The Here 2 Help Consortium, owned and run by local voluntary organisations, was founded by 12 local charities, launched on 21st February 2011 and now has over 30 members. Its aims and ways of working are set out in the membership prospectus below.
The consortium will provide a new way for local voluntary organisations to work with the Council and other statutory agencies to deliver cost-effective services for the people of Coventry. The consortium will enable smaller local voluntary organisations to work collaboratively and tender together to compete more effectively against larger, national commercial organisations, thus helping to keep a strong local provider base in the city, close to Coventry's communities.
Council Chief Executive Martin Reeves complimented the voluntary sector at the launch for quickly turning words into action by getting the consortium organised to respond to rapidly changing times. He expressed a strong personal interest as the germ of the idea for the consortium came in discussions with the local authority starting in early 2010 around co-design of services and ‘pipelining' to deliver better, more cost-effective services to improve the quality of life for Coventry people. He noted the need for the Council to be determined to take balanced risks where appropriate and to radically change the way it works with the voluntary sector, as the sector is often much closer to the client and understands what services are actually most needed. This is currently being explored in the field of homelessness, where local providers are working together to co-design better, joined up services.
If you are interested in becoming a member, please read the membership prospectus before submitting the application form, both available below:
|Coventry Consortium MEMBERSHIP PROSPECTUS - FINAL (9 Feb 11).pdf||464.15 KB|
|H2H FAQ for prospective members.doc||90 KB|
|Form 16 H2H membership form v3.doc||381.5 KB|