Invitation for expressions of interest to tender for inclusion on the Southwark and Lewisham Joint Framework Agreement

The London borough of Southwark on behalf of the Southwark and Lewisham Supporting People partnerships are inviting expressions of interest from suitably qualified and experienced organisations to tender for inclusion on a Joint Framework Agreement.

The Framework Agreement will establish a list of preferred suppliers for Supporting People accommodation based and floating/community based services. A number of service lots will be created that will be used for the future procurement of Supporting People services.

The Framework Agreement will have a term of four years and the primary authorities intend to procure the majority of their Supporting People services under the framework.

Each participating authority will award and enter into a separate service contract with a provider when procuring services from the Framework.

The London boroughs of Lambeth and Bromley will be participating in the Framework Agreement as secondary authorities.

Any organisation wishing to become a preferred provider for these services must formally express an interest by completing a Pre Qualification Questionnaire (PQQ). Organisations that have been accredited by the participating authorities under Exor, and hold a current contract with one or more of the participating authorities, will be passported through the PQQ stage, although they must submit an expression of interest using the PQQ, in order to be considered for the future provision of Supporting People services.

Organisations may be experienced providers of housing support and social care services, voluntary and community based organisations with experience of welfare related services or private organisations. All will however need to be able to demonstrate the ability to produce positive outcomes for a diverse range of service users. Southwark Council welcomes expressions of interest from individual organisations, partnerships or consortia and the successful organisations will be expected to be able to work positively in partnership with a range of other stakeholders.

To express an interest to participate in the tender please contact Southwark Supporting People on 020 7525 0576 or email by 12 noon Friday May 8 to request an information pack and Pre Qualification Questionnaire (PQQ).

Completed PQQs must be returned by 12 noon Friday May 15 2009

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