Strong partnerships, ones that bring about mutual benefits, evolve where there is trust and commitment from both partners. For this reason we advise that all participants agree to making certain commitments to the programme. These commitments may differ from case to case, but in all cases are designed to underpin the partnerships and help foster trusting relationships.
Positive Impact Partners will agree to:
- Create, develop and work towards joint objectives of the partnership.
- Be willing to support their partner, share good practice and resources to meet agreed objectives.
- Act according to own and partner’s organisational values. You can read more about UoL values and responsibilities here.
- Commit your time, but know your own and your partners limits. Partners usually commit around 1.5 to 2 hours a month, and we ask for an initial commitment of at least 6 months in the first instance (NB the first meeting might be longer). This time might be in face to face meetings, but might also be via social media if agreed by both parties – it’s good to agree working practices and time commitments in the early stages.
- Be flexible. objectives and working arrangements can be difficult to organise. Partnerships might not work first time round, or may need to change for a number of reasons – that’s fine, support and guidance is available throughout the programme.
- Collaborate with the University (and where appropriate, partner organisations), to help evaluate the programme and report on added value from being part of the programme.
- Benefit from engagement with the programme!
All parties will benefit where host organisations can:
- Allow staff time to develop partnerships to support individuals’ professional development.
- Help to promote the PIP programme through wider networks (e.g. newsletters, social media).
- Contribute to the evaluation and development of the programme in order to support the Region’s third sector.
- Report and promote any observed benefits of being involved.