Guest blog: A flourish of Compact development work in Essex

local compact imageOur latest guest blog is by Claire Greenhill from the Essex Compact Project. Claire discusses how a successful pilot in West Essex has led to an increase in Compact development work in the area. Previously, there were numerous district Compacts governing at a district level, and the Essex Compact applied to wider Essex matters. The pilot sought to establish whether the Essex Compact could be adapted for use in each district, instead of having to go through a review process for each individual district Compact.


Thanks to funds secured from Essex Community Foundation and the completion of a successful pilot in Harlow, Epping Forest and Uttlesford (West Essex), a flurry of Compact development work is being undertaken in a number of districts across the rest of the County.

The West Essex pilot explored whether the Essex Compact could be utilised locally instead of going through a review process for each of the old and dusty district Compacts... The feedback and findings from the pilot were good! An implementation group was established in each area with an action plan and increased sign up from organisations committed to working in a Compact compliant way.

 Soooooo, the next phase has been to reach out to the remainder of the county and investigate what the state of play is in each district regarding Compact activity. I’ve found that some areas are functioning well and confidently within the principles and undertakings of the Compact. Others were keen to generate renewed interest in the Compact via either reviewing/re-launching the district Compact or through setting up implementation groups. 

The key aims of this project are to:
  • Raise awareness generally of Compact principles
  • Increase the number of organisations committed to working in a Compact compliant manner
  • Overlay the Essex Compact in districts where the existing district Compact is out of date and in need of review
  • Create an implementation toolkit to help organisations embed Compact principles into their day to day working
  • Establish a mechanism for continued Compact activity when the project ceases
To date, work is being undertaken in Basildon, Colchester, Tendring, Castle Point, Rochford and Maldon – each district is different, with different partners around the table and different aims and objectives being worked upon.

The overarching motivation is to develop and improve meaningful relationships between the voluntary and statutory sectors through the mechanism of the Compact, for the benefit of local services and communities. 
For more information about what’s going on in Essex, contact Claire Greenhill by email or call 07736 847684. Share this
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