Making the most of Compact Week

For many organisations, Compact Week is a chance to celebrate the partnership activities they have been involved with over the course of the year.

For others, it’s a chance to reflect on how things have gone, perhaps announcing new initiatives to tackle barriers to stronger partnership working, launching new publications or even Compact agreements.

For Compact Voice, it’s the chance to do many of these things. We get to celebrate Compact excellence through the annual Compact awards, network and learn about what is working well through our conference, work with key figures across both the voluntary and community sector to share and develop new and interesting insight and information, and look at how much we have all achieved since last November.

One of the things we try to encourage is supporting specific local activities which fit in with the theme of Compact Week. This year, we have three Compact Week ‘asks’: 

  1. Make contact with at least one key commissioner in your area, to raise awareness and understanding of your local Compact and how it can help them in their work.
     
  2. Ask your local council and VCS to ensure there is up-to-date information on their website/s about their local Compact.
     
  3. Supporting promotion of the Compact to Members of Parliament

More information about the asks is available here.

We’ve already received word that Kent’s Compact partners are updating their website as part of their Compact Week activities, and that in Rochdale, local partners are using our ‘Valued Partners’ theme to mark their own activities.

We’re keen to hear about other areas who are planning to deliver our Compact Week asks, and we’ve prepared some resources which can help, like a template letter to commissioners and text for website pages.

Compact Voice will be undertaking the third ask, by working with MPs to table an Early Day Motion.

Early Day Motions are a key way for MPs to show their support on particular topics, and can help raise awareness of issues which may affect their constituents.

Andrew George MP, one of the chairs of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Civil Society and Volunteering, has tabled an early day motion in Parliament welcoming Compact Week, and expressing support for the Compact.
      
EDM 648
states:

“That this House welcomes Compact Week which takes place from 5 to 9 November 2012; recognises the important contribution that Compact has made to enabling better relationships between civil society and Government; notes the important role of local Compact agreements in helping build better communities through stronger partnerships; and celebrates the vital contribution that the voluntary and community sectors make to society.”

The ‘ask’ for local groups is to help provide support for the EDM by writing or emailing their constituency MP, informing them about their local Compact, and requesting that they sign the EDM. 

We’ve put together some draft text to send to your constituency MP which you can easily adapt to your local Compact.

As well as organising a conference and awards ceremony, Compact Voice is also working with many government departments on how they are implementing the Compact, giving training to key staff in a number of departments about how they can engage with the Compact.

We will also be producing a report that shows how departments are embedding the Compact into their activities, reflecting on a busy year which has included a report from the National Audit Office, inclusion in departmental business plans, and strengthened commitment in a number of key policy documents.

So why should you take on these asks?

Well, we believe that they are achievable but will have a big impact. We think that they are ambitious but not impossible. We think they will help set the tone for the next year. And we also think if you don’t ask, you don’t get…

We hope that we can spend some time after the busy period of Compact Week to look at how things went, what we learnt, what local partnerships achieved, and use blogs and case studies as a way of sharing the insight we gain.

So let us know how things are going and how they went – as ever, we’d love to hear from you.

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