Will it help me to survive?

If your organisation needs to secure public service contracts in order to survive, the consortium could be a route to such survival.  This is because it is about putting local voluntary sector organisations in a position to work collectively to win large scale contracts and then divide these up into small slices and allocate them, via sub-contract, to member organisations.

However, the consortium will not be a panacea for all the problems that local voluntary sector organisations face.  Some members might still face financial problems even though they have secured sub-contracts and a merger with another organisation(s) might be necessary.

Also, member organisations will have to strive hard to get the most out of membership, making sure that they meet the consortium’s requirements, e.g. around monitoring and reporting and QA.