Compact Voice, NCVO and ACEVO are inviting expressions of interest from voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations who wish to participate in roundtables looking at how to improve the capacity and sustainability of the sector in relation to health and wellbeing. .
The roundtables will be held on the 25 and 26 February and will focus on ways to build the capacity and the sustainability of the sector.
The UK Open Government Forum are encouraging voluntary and community organisations to join their network of civil society organisations. .
Open government is the idea that government works better for citizens when it is transparent, engaged and accountable. .
The network allows voluntary organisations to play a role in developing the processes needed to open up government budgets, contracts, datasets, decision-making, information, policymaking and public services.
These events focused on helping encourage good partnership working between health bodies and the voluntary sector, and illustrating how local Compacts can be used as a tool for supporting these partnerships.
Ross Diamond, Chief Officer of RedbridgeCVS, came along to the Bedford event with us on 21 January. Ross shared his experiences of how the Compact had helped to form a foundation for strong partnerships with health bodies locally, and this guest blog provides a short overview of what he covered.
The Panel on the Independence of the Voluntary Sector launched their fourth and final report yesterday. The launch event revealed a lot of really interesting - and really opposing - opinions on the value of an independent sector, and the degree to which this is being threatened by things like the Lobbying Act and ‘gagging clauses’ in contracts.
Some of the coverage of the event in sector press focused on the Panel’s recommendations for a Compact with ‘teeth’.
If there’s one thing I’ve noticed about working on the Compact, it’s that one of its key strengths is that it is a mutually beneficial, voluntary agreement.