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"Can I just ask..."

This is often followed by ‘I know this may sound daft but…’ To which my reply is ‘no question is daft if the answer clears up any doubt’.

As an Engagement Development Officer at Compact Voice, my role and that of my colleagues Monika and Hilary is to support local areas to redraft or refresh their local Compact - or to help local areas to implement them better. Therefore, we always encourage people to ask us any questions they might have, no matter what they are, to help them gain a clearer understanding.

In Defence of the North East

Our recent 2012 survey results highlighted a significant regional difference in both the level of implementation and the perceived effectiveness of the Compact. The North East was one of two regions to have the most negative indicators - according to the figures, respondents felt that both the voluntary and public sectors weren’t engaged with their local Compact.

A year in the life of an Engagement Development Officer

I have been in my post now for twelve months. The time has gone very quickly as I have been extremely busy.

Do Compact Champions really make a difference?

I certainly think so - but as a previous winner of the Compact Champion of the year award, some may say that I am biased…

For those who aren’t familiar with the term, Compact Champions are simply people who are charged with raising awareness of their local Compact, spreading the word about its uses and helping to ensure it is understood and used locally.

Should the format of your Compact be as important as its contents?

When renewing your local Compact, should you focus your attention on discussing the appearance and format of the finished document, or should you be more concerned about the content?
The answer may seem obvious – until you take into account making your local Compact accessible to everyone.

The Compact: Increasing my knowledge of geography?

Geography was never my strong point at school, and my sense of direction hasn’t improved much since. The only thing that helps me is remembering the phrase ‘Never Eat Shredded Wheat’ so I can remember the compass points of North, East, South and West. Needless to say, when I took on the role of Engagement Officer covering the North West, North East and Yorkshire & Humber, I knew it would be a challenge in more ways than one.
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