Networking and making links

Arranging to meet useful contacts in your area is the best way to let people know what you do and to find out what local support is available.

Here are some ideas for where to go to develop your networks:

The more people you meet up with the better. Different people will give you different perspectives on your work and routes forward.

Local partnerships may help you focus your work so that it is in line with locally agreed priorities for your area, whereas local projects and people may offer more practical support. A bit of both is often needed.

  • “We spent time meeting people and making phone calls to find out who else was involved with food in elderly care homes locally. We now have relationships with a good number of people, agencies and partnerships and have been asked to tender for a local housing association contract.”
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