New projects and team members at Compact Voice

tom_elkins_april_11_small.jpgLike many people, I’ve just returned from a couple of weeks away from the office, having taken advantage of the numerous recent bank holidays. I was excited to be able to welcome two new members of the Compact Voice team: Elaine Cooper joins us as our new team and communications assistant, and Vicky Redding will be delivering our engagement programme in the South West and the Midlands. We’re really pleased to have them on board, and know that their extensive experience in the voluntary and community sector will enable them to make a positive contribution to our work across the country.

Sadly, we say farewell to Neena Bhati who has joined NCVO’s EU and International team. With many countries in Europe following the example of England and developing their own Compacts, we look forward to working together again in the future.

With an expanded engagement and communications team, you can expect to see more coming from Compact Voice, and we have listened to many of the suggestions offered by our members about what we should be focussing on. We will be delivering a number of important projects over the next few months, including an updated training and support menu for local Compacts, new publications and guidance notes, more targeted interaction with those involved in partnership working, amongst much more.

One of the first projects we will be delivering involves getting a much more comprehensive picture of how the Compact is working across the country. We know that the experiences and use of local Compacts can vary depending on where you are, and we are keen to learn more about what is working, what isn’t working, and what we can do to work alongside colleagues to make sure that those successful Compacts set a strong example for others who haven’t achieved the same positive results.

Adam Pickering, our Engagement Officer, is putting the finishing touches to a survey (which won’t take long to complete!), and we will send this to our members and networks, encouraging them to complete it. This will help us understand more about how local Compacts are working.

To help deliver this survey, the team have spent many hours getting the most up-to-date and relevant contact details for every local Compact in England, which we will be sharing on our website soon.

With these - and many more - activities, I know that we will be making some of the most significant contributions towards helping deliver the Compact in recent years, and will continue to keep you up-to-date about our work through our website and newsletters – so if you haven’t signed up already, please do so.

In the meantime, we all look forward to working with you in the near future. Share this
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