Partnership needs real investment, right from the start. It is important to ensure that initial meetings about the asset transfer process include both community sector and local authority, or public body, representatives, and that both feel fully valued and engaged in the process.
For partnerships involving both paid staff and unpaid volunteers, it is also important for the relevant authority to clearly articulate acknowledgment of time and skills contributed by volunteers, and consider the most appropriate location and timings for meetings. Holding meetings within the local area in question can add further value by giving the local authority staff a better sense of the local context, the credibility of the group, and who is involved.
Community consultation is essential in order to develop a close understanding of community needs and aspirations. Early acknowledgement by the local authority team of the value of community sector partners is also integral to the process of partnership building for successful asset transfer