Collaborations and Partnerships in the Community Sector - Venue Whangaparaoa

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HAVE TO? WANT TO? NEED TO? A workshop for managers and leaders of not for profit and community organisations on how to collaborate without losing your soul.

A June 2020 survey of NZ Not for Profit organisations identified collaborations between organisations as the number one change for strengthening the not for profit sector into the future. This session will provide you with a fresh perspective on collaboration and will address your own unique situation and context.  It will equip you with the knowledge, skills, and resources necessary to build effective collaborations with other organisations. We will explore a framework and tools that you can take back to your organisation and ensure that your collaborations are a success. 

Topics include:

  • Why collaborate?
  • What types of collaborations suit your purpose?
  • Internal and external barriers and enablers to collaboration
  • Processes, approaches and tools for supporting effective collaboration.


Sandy has taught literally hundreds of community leaders on how to collaborate. Feedback from previous workshop participants include:

“Great interactive way to learn and excellent presenter- thank you.”

“Wonderful workshop- I will take back many aspects to my organisation- in my role, it is internal collaboration where the key is at the moment. I really noticed how Sandy recognised and acknowledged the strengths and knowledge in the group.”

 “A really enjoyable session - great to put into words from an expert that what we’re trying to achieve is right- at least that we’re on the right track- thank you.”

“I found this session topic useful, it has helped me think about ways I can move through an issue I have around collaboration.”

“Another informed perspective hearing from other NGOs.”

“I found the group work most useful- being able to make these connections and hear other experiences.”


Sandy Thompson BIO:


Sandy has been supporting collaborations between organisations for over 6 years in her role as a trainer and facilitator.  This ranges from bringing groups with a common purpose to work together, facilitating community based collaborative projects, and leading organisation mergers. 

A belief in the power of strong communities has led Sandy to pursue a career as a trainer, consultant and coach in the community and not for profit sector. She has been working and volunteering in the Not for Profit Sector since she was a volunteer youth leader in Whangarei in the 1970’s. Prior to becoming part of LEAD, Sandy was one of the team delivering the Unitec Graduate Diploma in Not for Profit Management, a role she took on after her 10 years as the founding leader of the National Association for OSCAR.

Sandy’s experience as a leader in the not for profit sector and her experience facilitating and mentoring other leaders, has led to a specialisation portfolio of values based management and leadership mentoring and training, organisation development based on strengths based approaches including appreciative inquiry, and the training of community facilitators and trainers.

Sandy works with boards and leaders from a wide range of organisations, both large and small, including those from the social services, faith-based, environment, arts, and migrant sectors. Knowing well the answer to every question is “it depends”, Sandy helps leaders and boards to navigate through the complexity that is community leadership. Sandy has extensive experience working in the Pacific Islands and has a depth of experience working in cross cultural environments; and teaches other how to succeed when leading in cross cultural contexts.

Sandy has written and developed a number of resources for organisations on a range of leadership and management topics including organisation sustainability, a topic she researched in-depth for her Masters Degree in Community Development.

Her current core voluntary roles are as Co-chair of ChildAlert an organisation that fights commercial sexual exploitation of children, and the Pacific representative on ECPAT International who do the same work at an international level. Sandy is also co-chair of the Trust Board of Hui E! – New Zealand’s national organisation promoting, strengthening and connecting the Community Sector.

Why are we hosting this event?

Five Good Ideas is designed to assist your organisation in building capability, developing and strengthening leadership, and supporting you and your team to be adaptive and resilient in a changing environment. ANCAD brings in qualified consultants to mentor your Managers, CEOs and Governance Board/Committee members in various aspects of capability building from good governance, leadership, fundraising and marketing,
to financial management and strategic planning.

July 27th, 2021 10:00 AM through 12:00 PM
Sportscave, 28 Karepiro Drive, Stanmore Bay
Auckland, AUK 0932
New Zealand
Event Fee(s)
Fee $ 20.00