Achieving more with less
The Reaching People consortium model
Reaching People works in areas including housing, health and social care, and drug & alcohol services. We have an innovative consortium framework that links member organisations in a practical, dynamic and creative association.
Our model brings specific benefits to funders and to clients:
- It achieves more with less, thanks to the efficiencies from shared services, joint working, duplication reduction and the maximising of scarce resources.
- It creates opportunities and changes lives in fundamental and long-lasting ways, thanks to the flexibility of response, co-ordination and continuity of services across organisations.
The Reaching People model
Reaching People is a growing consortium of a number of not-for-profit organisations from across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.
We have a tightly-knit but flexible centre—which can contract and expand according to demand. Staff are responsible for the management support and day-to-day communications with the individual member organisations who are the client-focused part of the delivery operation. The co-ordinating team also handle the public policy liaison, grant and funding applications, finance, project reporting, quality and other partnership arrangements.
Frequently asked questions
Who are the Reaching People member organisations?
You can view all our members at – Our members
Can anyone join?
Any not-for-profit organisation can apply. There are precise criteria for acceptance, including being local to Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland and meeting all the requirements to deliver a public sector contract. Non-eligible organisations may become associate members.
Is Reaching People a charity? When was it set up, and how large is it?
Reaching People is actually the trading name of a charity, Leicestershire Voluntary Sector Resource Agency, registered charity number: 1072595 and a company limited by guarantee, number 3576786. LVSRA merged with Reaching People in June 2013.
The central charity is, compared with its impact, relatively small. Its total income for the most recent trading year was £127,000. However, the aggregate turnover of its 28 members was around £336m.
Is the structure unbalanced, with such a small core team at the heart of so many delivery organisations?
No. That’s a common question based on a misunderstanding of the nature of the co- ordinating team. This is just the essential co-ordinating infrastructure that oils the wheels for the operation. It is not a delivery or even a project management mechanism. When a project is devised, a management team will be established which has all the functions and all the personnel appropriate to the size and scope of the project.
How often do Reaching People members meet?
That is up to them, and the work. On a project, contact and meetings will be driven by client need. In addition, there are very many informal contacts between members in the course of a year—sharing ideas, information and resources. We also have four scheduled members’ meetings a year, one of which is the AGM. Meetings typically have a guest speaker and an opportunity for members to profile their work.
How much does membership cost?
Payment relates to the annual income of your organisation. Email your query to us at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can advise appropriately.
For more information on Reaching People consortium, don’t hesitate to contact us.
We will be pleased to answer your questions and tell you more about our achievements.