Develop partnerships

Guidance for building partnerships

Find a new partner

  • Partner Zone - This area on the National Council for Voluntary Organisations' (NCVO) Funding Central website lets you search for partners by location, organisation type or skills. Free to subscribers with under £100,000 income.
  • Contact us for help finding a new partner.

Existing Hertfordshire partnerships

  • Community Development Action Herts is a charity that provides a voice for Hertfordshire communities in private, public and voluntary sector projects.
  • Herts.Community have links to existing local networks you can get in touch with.
  • Herts Sports Partnership work with public, private and voluntary sector partners to bring together resources, ideas and expertise in sports and physical activity.
  • Pro Action Hertfordshire arrange networking events for organisations who work with children and young people.

Award winning partnerships

There is no shortage of innovation and creativity in Hertfordshire. The Hertfordshire High Sheriff Awards for 2017 focused on teamwork and partnership.

Here's how winning partnerships showed they were achieving more by working together:

  • 1st place: Community Navigators - integrating support from various agencies for people with complex multiple needs.
  • 2nd place: Welwyn Hatfield Domestic Abuse Forum - a collective voice - reaching those needing help and raising awareness of local services.
  • 3rd place: Small Acts of Kindness - delivering winter warmth gift bags to elderly and isolated people.

Partnership library - best practice in Hertfordshire

Organisations are achieving more together and the High Sheriff of Hertfordshire Awards 2016/17 showcased the following 44 case studies as examples of great partnership working.    

Celebrating excellent working partnerships

  • Achieve Care - Hertford and Ware volunteer police cadets: young police cadets befriend elderly residents in care homes. They received a Special Award for Outstanding Potential.
  • Ascend - seven partners leading a user-friendly and multi-agency hub, sharing resources, empowering and improving the life chances of over 5,000 people per year.
  • Because You're Worth It - St Albans CVS hosting community lunches for isolated and elderly people and creatively connecting them to local services.
  • Borehamwood Foodbank - over 8,000 people to date have received a three-day meal pack. With 100 partners and 53 voucher holders, the foodbank is a gateway to other support.
  • Care 4 Freedom - supporting and empowering clients to address their compulsive hoarding disorder, using skilful partnering techniques.
  • CDA Herts Garden Project - communities have their own plot within this garden, creating opportunities for integration and mutual support.
  • CHEXS and B3 Living- a community hub which supports life skills and offers a safe place for children and young people.
  • CHEXS and Goffs Oak School -  a support network to improve engagement, achievement, behaviour and attitudes of young people at Goffs Oak School.
  • Community Navigators - integrating support from various agencies for people with complex multiple needs. They were the overall winner of the High Sheriff Award for partnership working.
  • Community Voluntary Services Brox East Herts - this partnership brings social change and improves quality of life in East Herts. 
  • Diocese of St Albans Mothers Union - demonstrating Christian faith and nurturing families through a range of projects.
  • Druglink and Radio Dacorum - pathway to employment programme which is open to Druglink users to help develop their skills and confidence to re-enter employment.
  • Emmaus - providing ex-offenders and residents of Emmaus St Albans with skills in horticulture and landscaping. They were highly commended as a Skills Sharing Partnership at the awards.
  • Family Lives and Child UK - inspiring improvements in the health and wellbeing of young people, families and communities. Their holistic model combines physical activity and emotional wellbeing.
  • Future Living Hertford - empowering those moving from lives that have been dominated by domestic abuse to overcome trauma and lead fulfilling and connected lives.
  • HACRO CDA and The Mount - created a visitors' centre to support family relationships and a coffee bar to give inmates work experience and barista qualifications. Highly commended as a Social Enterprise Partnership at the awards.
  • Harpdenden Connect - a community bus service created by the local community, stopping at surgeries and shops, and supporting social events.
  • Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust - Panshanger Park Project - encouraging children to appreciate the outdoors and preserving and developing a special place for wildlife and plants. Highly commended as a Voluntary Sector and Business Partnership at the awards.
  • Home Start Hertfordshire - made a video with St Albans Business which raised the charity's profile (12,000 views) and funding (£1,200) for weekly visits to a family for up to nine months.      
  • Isabel Hospice and Citizen's Advicespecialist support for those with life-limiting illnesses to ensure they receive their full benefits entitlement.
  • Look St Albanscommunity group facilitating 'design charrettes' to engage the community in contributing to local planning decision making and improving public domain.
  • Mediation Hertfordshire - working with many partner organisations to resolve conflict in the community, families, schools and workplace. Highly commended as a Partnership with Volunteer Involvement at the awards.
  • Mudlarks - working with special schools to support young people with Autism and learning difficulties to transition from school into living, learning and working as independently as possible.
  • Nifty Fifties - provides activities for older people who feel isolated to enhance their lives, resulting in fewer home repair calls and GP visits.
  • One YMCA Youth Hub - youth club in Welwyn Garden City reducing anti-social behaviour and supporting young people to make safer choices around relationships, sexual health, smoking and drugs.
  • Phase  - in partnership with Priory School, mental health awareness is being raised through conferences in schools and supporting over 50 youths in relation to self harm.  
  • Playskill -  working in partnership with Woodford School to share resources and offer early years support for children with disabilities/complex needs to ensure a seamless transition to school.
  • RAPPAW - specially trained dogs help vulnerable victims and witnesses, particularly children, who have been abused.
  • Rethink Mental Illness - caring and coping courses for carers of those with a mental health diagnosis to introduce them to treatments, approaches, rights and responsibilities.
  • Road Victims Trust - offering tailored emotional support and information to help families cope with road traffic related bereavement. Highly commended as a Referrals Partnership at the awards.  
  • Safer Places - working with children affected by domestic abuse to meet their developmental milestones through play therapy in children's centres.
  • Signpost  - triangular partnership with Home-Start and IFST - counselling and coaching service to strengthen families with complex needs, including young parents and disaffected teenagers.
  • Small Acts of Kindness - delivering winter warmth gift bags to elderly and isolated people. Awarded third place at the awards.
  • St Albans Hertsmere DA Forum - sharing resources and expertise with Welwyn Hatfield Domestic Abuse Forum to provide successful annual conferences on local Domestic Abuse services.
  • Stand By Me - therapeutic service improving the emotional health and wellbeing of children and families who experience bereavement. Highly commended as a User-Led Partnership at the awards.  
  • Stevenage Arts Guild - Over 20 member arts groups who lead over 100 events, encouraging involvement of young people.
  • Stevenage Crucial Crew - working with schools to teach children how to stay safe at home, online, outside and emotionally. Highly commended as an Education Partnership at the awards.   
  • Stevenage South Childrens Centres - delivering summer activity bags to families for whom a holiday is unaffordable, helping parents to play with their children and have low-cost fun.
  • Stronger Together (St. Albans CVS) - seven discrete stronger together partnerships. Improved resource sharing and better informed partners with an excellent focus on service users.
  • Transition St. Albans - over 2,000 people took part in Sustainable St Albans Week by pooling resources and working as a team.  
  • Welwyn Hatfield DA Forum - a collective voice - reaching those needing help and raising awareness of local services. Runner-up at the awards.
  • Welwyn Hatfield Interfaith Group developing religious and social cohesion by running school assemblies and challenging stereotypes.
  • West Herts Breast Feeding Committee - infant parenting skills and advice. 18 volunteers run a mother-to-mother support service online and in person, with professional supervision.
  • Yopey - young people befriending elderly people to reduce their isolation and in turn, strengthen the life skills and empathy in young people.