Free commissioning guide to mark Trustees' Week

02/11/2011

NAVCA and the Local Government Association have today (2 Nov) launched a new free publication called At Your Bidding to mark Trustees' Week (31 October - 6 November). At your Bidding is a guide for charity trustees about commissioning and tendering for public services. It focuses squarely on the key issues that individuals need to be aware of in fulfilling their duties as charity trustees. All trustees of local charities are encouraged to download a free copy.

Produced by NAVCA's Local Commissioning and Procurement Unit, experts in local commissioning, the publication is not a detailed technical manual on 'how to tender'. Instead, it is a practical guide designed to give trustees the information they need at a time of significant change within the public sector. The guide provides information to allow trustees to understand the potential implications and impact of commissioning on their charity. The publication also gives information to trustees to help them bid for service contracts and make sure their organisation is 'tender and contract ready'

Pauline Kimantas, NAVCA's Local Commissioning and Procurement Unit manager said,

"Our work means we understand the issues that trustees face when making decisions about local commissioning and tendering of services. Often the pace of change is overwhelming.

"NAVCA has always argued that commissioning processes must include smaller local charities because we know that this is what gets the best results for local communities. To achieve this we need trustees of local charities to understand commissioning. We are delighted that the Local Government Association has supported us to produce this practical guide. Their support means that we can offer this to all trustees for free, a great way for us to mark Trustees Week."

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