The article outlines how the regional northern charity Developing Initiatives Supporting Communities (DISC) and twelve voluntary organisations banded together to win two government‐funded Supporting People contracts to provide flexible housing support in North, West and South Lancashire. It explains who DISC and the 12 Lancashire partners are, and who benefits from the independent living services they offer through one easily accessible service known as Compass. The partnership bucked the trend for large organisations to sweep away small local organisations in competitive tendering bids for public sector contracts. The article summarises the lessons learnt.
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