At Your Bidding

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At Your Bidding is a guide for charity trustees about commissioning and tendering for public services, published in partnership with the Local Government Association.

At a time of significant change within the public sector, the guide aims to:

  • Provide some context about the commissioning of public services so that trustees can understand the potential implications and impact of commissioning at a strategic level on their charity
  • Outline the issue to consider and the decisions that trustees have to make regarding bidding for service contracts
  • Describe the steps that trustees need to take to make sure their organisation is tender and contract ready
  • Draw attention to key areas for risk assessment and risk management
  • Signpost to other useful publications, reources and sources of information and advice

This publication is not a detailed technical manual on how to tender. The focus is squarely on the key issues that individuals need to be aware of in fulfilling their duties as charity trustees.

At Your Bidding electronic copy (pdf)

NAVCA's Local Commissioning and Procurement Unit

At Your Bidding was produced by NAVCA'a Local Commissioning and Procurement Unit, which exists to help local suport and development organisations.  They work with trustees, senior officers and development workersand help organisations understand the new commissioning and procurement landscape, and prepare frontline groups for the challenges ahead.

The team provides practical information, advice and guidance to help local oluntary organisations and community groups engage with commissioning and procurement - whether this involves contributing to an understanding of communnity needs, shaping the design of services or winning and delivering contracts.

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Trustees' Week

At Your Bidding was officially launched to mark Trustees' Week (31 October - 6 November 2011). Trustees are the people in charge of a charity. They play a vital role, volunteering their time and working together to make important decisions about the charity's work.


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