Commissioning School to lift voluntary sector contribution to public services

A new Office for Civil Society skills project aims to help commissioners maximise the contribution of the voluntary sector in public services.

The OCS Commissioning School, part of the Commissioning Academy, will trial a model where commissioners work on a real life commissioning challenge through a range of expert speakers, site visits and service user sessions.

Attendees will learn about civil society approaches to areas like getting value for money, co-commissioning for joint outcomes, mobilising service users and communities, and working with the voluntary sector.

The pilot will take place in the City of London and the London Borough of Hackney, looking at young people’s mental health and wellbeing. OCS will run the pilot in partnership with management consultancy RedQuadrant.

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