Despite predictions, the world and the Compact will continue to thrive

image of blog authorNostradamus may have predicted that the world would end in 2012, but here at Compact Voice we’re hunkering down for a busy year, with a lot of Compact developments on the horizon. No doom and gloom here, then.
 
2011 was a significant year for Compact Voice, and will be remembered by some as being the ‘year of local Compacts’. The expansion of our Engagement programme – with two new regionally-based staff members joining the team - has delivered some great results in helping local areas to renew or revitalise their Compact. If you’d like to get in touch with an Engagement Officer in your area, or request a speaker for your event using our free speaker service – we’d love to hear from you, the team are always happy to help.
 
Last year, we undertook our first ever comprehensive survey of local Compacts. One of the most interesting findings was the very high level of support for the Compact – over 88% of respondents from both sectors agreed or agreed strongly that “the Compact is important and that effort needs to be made to implement it in full”, an encouraging and positive message.
 
We also published ‘Local Compacts: A User Guide’, a new toolkit which provides a comprehensive but easy to understand overview of everything you need to know to get your local Compact working to its potential. Download a copy of the guide here, or email us if you would like a free print version.
 
2012 is looking to be an equally busy year – our Priority Areas Programme will see us undertake projects agreed with local contacts to remove barriers to Compact compliance. For example, we will be working with the newly established Brent CVS to get the Compact back on the agenda in Brent and reopen cross sector dialogue on funding.
 
It will also be interesting to gauge the impact of the government’s Best Value guidance, which launched in September. We’ll be a asking a question related to this in our next annual survey in May, so hope to gain a clear picture of the effect it is having.
 
This year we will also be continuing to develop our collection of case studies exploring how the Compact is working in local areas, so others can learn from the experiences of their colleagues across England. If you’re interested in sharing your experiences of Compact working (good or bad!), please get in touch!
 
We are also always looking for guest bloggers for our website. If you’ve got an opinion on a recent Compact development or would like to share what you’re working on, we’d love to hear from you, just drop us a line. You can have a look at a previous guest blogger’s post here, which discusses how a successful scheme to embed Compact working in one area has since had a wider-reaching impact.
 
Finally, a big thank you to all our members for your continued support, and we look forward to continuing to help you build better relationships and work well in partnership in 2012.

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