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Our Compact Voice Satisfaction Survey 2013 has now closed and we’d like to thank everyone who completed the survey.

It can often feel like we are bombarded by surveys every time we go online so we really appreciate everyone who took the time to answer our questions.

Surveys are a vital tool for all organisations, but especially smaller ones like Compact Voice, because they enable us to reach a wide range of people simply and effectively.


The many benefits of local Compact networking

Local Compacts can often cover quite small areas – for example, a district or borough council might have its own local Compact.

This can lead to a multiple local Compacts in one large regional area, and the people involved in each Compact often don’t come together to meet and learn from each other.


Reviewing our impact, and asking for your input

This week Compact Voice published our annual Impact Report, outlining the various activities and achievements that took place during 2012.

This is the fourth impact report I’ve been involved with since starting at Compact Voice, and it’s reassuring to look over them and see how much progress has been made over the last few years.


Provoking engagement

One of the best reasons to renew a local Compact is to develop engagement in the renewal process from a wide range of local organisations.

Sounds easy, doesn’t it? But in the current climate of shrinking resources and growing pressure on frontline service delivery in both sectors, getting people to respond to consultations, attend events and engage in shaping a local Compact can be an uphill struggle. So I was intrigued by a great example of ‘provocative’ engagement in the renewal of the Bristol Compact that I came across recently.


Happy Christmas from the Compact Voice team

2012 has been a significant year for Compact Voice. Here we offer a round up of the significant pieces of work, policy developments and achievements that have happened throughout the year.


A reminder won't go astray

Yesterday, I was invited to participate in a panel discussion about working with the coalition government, which had been organised by the Equality and Diversity Forum, one of Compact Voice’s board organisations. I spoke alongside representatives from Stonewall and End Violence Against Women, and we all offered different perspectives about working with the government.


Guest blog: Championing the Compact in Essex

This guest blog is from Yvette Wetton, Policy and Strategy Officer at Essex County Council.

Yvette discusses how Compact Champions from across the sectors took on a challenge to raise awareness of the Essex Compact during 2012 Compact Week.


Guest blog: Coffee, Cake & Compact

This latest guest bIog is from James Hadman, who is Voice Development Manager at Catalyst, the local voluntary sector infrastructure organisation in Stockton-on-Tees.

Here he discusses the challenges and successes of getting their local Compact 'off the shelf' and raising awareness of it locally.


Is this the end of stories about the end of the Compact?

Probably not.

Another week, another policy change in government and so this must mean the end of the Compact, right?


Farewell from our Engagement Officer, Adam Pickering

After an eventful two years as Engagement Officer at Compact Voice, I will soon be leaving to take up a Policy Officer role at Charities Aid Foundation (CAF), where I’ll be working to improve the conditions for philanthropic giving in the UK and internationally. It’s a great opportunity for me, but I’ll look back at my time with Compact Voice fondly.

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