Compact Voice have launched the first three in a series of briefings designed to help voluntary organisations to build strong partnerships with local commissioning bodies. .The
The first two briefings were produced in partnership with Regional Voices and focus on engaging with Health and Wellbeing Boards and the other on Clinical Commissioning Groups. The third briefing focuses on Police and Crime Commissioners and was produced in partnership with Clinks.
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.
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.