Many organisations today promote partnering as a way of doing business and if you look at their promotional material you will see the word partnering mentioned many times. But how many of these organisations really have a good understanding of just what partnering is and how they should be going about it? Are they really positioning themselves to gain maximum value from their partnering initiatives?
The South Australian Volunteering Strategy was launched in 2014. It is a cross sector partnership that has been developed to improve the experience of volunteers, enhance the outcomes for volunteer involving organisations, and help meet South Australia’s Strategic Plan target to maintain a volunteer participation rate of 70% or better.
In June this year Ian Dixon travelled to Roma in South West Queensland to conduct a 2-day Partnering Workshop for Senior Managers around ‘Partnering in Mental Health’. The workshop was initiated by the Darling Downs and South West Queensland Partners in Recovery program and co-sponsored by Aftercare and Uniting Community Care. The brief for this workshop was to impart cross sector partnering knowledge and skills to the group but also to enable a focus on practical issues around mental health in South West Queensland.