06th October 2021
TIF was set up in April 2020 with £20m of National Lottery funding that was allocated through Active Partnerships and to more than 30 national partners.
The funding, which is intended to last up until December 2022, was focused on communities hit disproportionately hardest by the pandemic – lower socio-economic groups, culturally diverse communities, disabled people and those with long-term health conditions.
Since its launch, TIF has enabled community groups to continue to exist and engage with their communities, supporting people to be engaged and active.
Following TIF’s first year Sport England, along with all the partners that made the fund a success, collaborated on a report showcasing how it differed from previous Sport England funds.
The report details how we’ve worked, with a shared purpose, built trusting relationships, learned together and developed flexible working.
It also covers what we’ve learned – including the fact that one approach won’t work in all circumstances, that building trust takes time, that digital can help some people not all, and that a little can go a long way.
The full report can be found here, but here this is a summary of the five top tips to developing strong relationships:
- Ensure a clear purpose and that all involved are aligned to it
- Put trust at the heart of everything and create relationships at all levels – it takes time but is vital to successful partnerships
- Be open, honest and learn together – sharing what works and what doesn’t
- Be flexible and open minded about how you work
- It’s not all about money – a little can go a long way and advice and support are important too.
Watch the video about the story of TIF so far (including a few clips from Active Sussex case studies) below: