Community brokers (usually not-for-profit outfits) are a valuable resource for achieving the aims of both organisations and community groups involved in a partnership.
- help organisations setting up employee engagement programmes identify opportunities in the community for business action;
- save the organisation dedicating in-house resources to managing all aspects of their employee programme;
- bring together organisations for collaborative activity, which can enhance and improve individual programmes by exchanging learning and ideas with other firms.
- communicate the culture and expectations of community agencies to the organisation and participating employees;
- prepare community groups for partnership with organisations, and provide a review and evaluation process to ensure successful long-term relationships;
- gain the necessary funding and provide help to build links with local, regional and national government and the press;
- ensure employee engagement develops according to the local needs.