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National leadership from government: Setting the mood music for local partnerships

By Simon Blake, Chair of Compact Voice

This week I was pleased to be invited to be on the panel of All Party Parliamentary Group on Civil Society and Volunteering to discuss the National Audit Office's recent report on central government's implementation of the Compact.  Also on the panel were David Clarke from the NAO, and the Minister for Civil Society, Nick Hurd. 

Guest blog: A flourish of Compact development work in Essex

Our 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.

Using work shadowing to build stronger partnerships

Paul Winyard from NCVO's Public Services and Partnerships team discusses the benefits of their cross-sector work shadowing scheme - and how you could build on it locally.

On the Horizon: Social Enterprises, by Mandy Varley

I recently had the opportunity to attend a Q&A Tea Time Social with ClearlySo, an organisation that answers the practical needs of social businesses and enterprises. According to NCVO, social enterprises are organisations that trade with a social purpose. So essentially they are for-profit businesses with social aims. Before attending the event I’d assumed this was a relatively new concept but it turns out famous examples like The Co-operative and even Barcelona Football Club have been in operation for a good while already.

Hello, from your new local government insider, by Rosalind Stannard

Since Dugald went to Bolivia, I’ve been helping Compact Voice with communications until Kelly, a permanent staffer, starts at the beginning of April. I’ll leave Kelly to introduce herself to you, so while I’m here for another six weeks, let me give you some insight into my background - the complex world of local government.

How did you get your Compact up and running? by Amber Alferoff

A new national Compact is a positive sign of government support for partnership, but Local Compacts are where the action (and inaction) happens. This is a message we have been hearing loud and clear as cuts test the strength of local agreements.  

Not just fruit and funding: CSO's, Compacts, and EU democracy - by Amber Alferoff

Hello, I am the Islington Compact officer and also work for Compact Voice. Recently I represented Compact Voice at a discussion in Brussels titled: ‘The Lisbon Treaty and perspectives for more effective participation of CSO’s in EU decision making.’

Been there, busted that.

I’ve recently come across a new online support project set up by Communities and Local Government called “Barrier Busting” (alliteration is a proven effective communication technique, okay?). Set up dually to help the government with its commitment to transferring power and influence to local authorities and communities and to help individuals and groups in the community flag up barriers in a centralised space, the barrier busting team claims to want to “help you get things done for your local community”.

Farewell to Compact Voice...

Don't worry, Compact Voice is not going anywhere, but I will be leaving the organisation from 11 January, to fulfil a childhood dream to settle in South America.

The solution to easing the pain of cuts is to manage them together

We‘re now well and truly into the “age of austerity”, with the effects of cuts being felt across the country.

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