November 2015 Compact Voice Round-Up

We’ve scanned all the latest news for voluntary organisations involved in cross-sector partnership working and public service delivery and distilled it into a bite-sized blog. If you have any thoughts or questions about the issues covered (or if we’ve missed something!), leave a comment below or tweet us @CompactVoice.

Compact Awards 2015

On 4 November, the Compact Awards 2015 ceremony was held at Coin Street Conference Centre in London. The awards recognise excellence in cross-sector partnership working from the last 12 months. Details of the winners and photographs from the ceremony can be found here. In a new guest blog, Sussex Youth Commission, who received the Compact Engagement award, have written about their experiences of partnership working and what it means to be recognised with award.

Case Study: Creating social value in North Tyneside

North Tyneside’s Social Value champions across the Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), local authority and voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector come together to produce a framework for embedding social value in procurement activity to deliver benefits to local communities. Read more about this case study on our website.

Devolution and the voluntary sector

With devolution promising to radically alter the political and strategic landscape in many local areas, its implications for the voluntary sector are likely to be highly significant. In a guest blog, Warren Escadale, Chief Executive of Voluntary Sector North West, describes the process the voluntary sector has gone through trying to influence the devolution agenda in the North West of England. Also on the subject of devolution, the Institute for Public Policy Research have released a report exploring how counties have the potential to use devolved powers to boost their economies and improve services.

Joint Commissioning Panel for Mental Health guidance for commissioners

The Joint Commissioning Panel for Mental Health have produced guidance for commissioners, local health authorities and providers to support them to build sustainable, resilient communities that have the potential to reduce mental ill health. The guide focusses on commissioning services that support secondary (reducing relapse) and tertiary (improving rehabilitation) prevention, rather than primary preventative measures. You can download the guide here.

NCVO courses on building consortia and project management

With larger, aggregated contracts becoming more common, forming consortia is now an important mechanism for voluntary and community sector organisations to access opportunities to deliver public services. On 29 January 2016, NCVO are running a “Building a Successful Consortium” course, which will guide delegates through the process of putting a contract-ready consortium in place. You can find out more and book your place here. Also in January, NCVO are running a course on “Project Management in the voluntary sector”.

Cultural Commissioning Programme

NCVO’s Cultural Commissioning Programme supports commissioners to fund programmes by arts and cultural organisations. A number of case studies are now available on the NCVO website demonstrating how public bodies are working in partnership with arts and cultural organisations, many of them from the voluntary sector, to help meet commissioning bodies’ social outcomes.

Cabinet Office Impact Readiness Fund round 2

Charities and social enterprises are being invited to apply for grants of between £25,000 and £100,000 as part of the second round of the Cabinet Office’s Impact Readiness Fund. Grants will be awarded to help organisations with building the infrastructure and skills required to manage their performance, increasing their social impact and attracting social investment or winning contracts. The deadline for applications is 8 January 2016. Further details can be found here.

Autumn statement

On Wednesday the chancellor George Osborne outlined his spending plans for the next five years. There was some good news for the voluntary and community sector (VCS), with a step back from a planned £300m raid on BLF’s funding; however, cuts to the budgets of central government departments and local authorities are set to have profound implications for the sector’s funding. You can read NCVO’s analysis of the autumn statement here.

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