Compact Awards 2015: Winners announced
The winners of this year’s Compact Awards have been announced at a ceremony held by Compact Voice last night in London, which was hosted by Peter Holbrook CBE, Chair of Compact Voice, and Rob Wilson MP, Minister for Civil Society.
The Compact Awards celebrate excellent partnership working taking place between local and national government and the voluntary and community sector.
This year’s winners represent a broad range of partnerships that exemplify how successful cross-sector partnerships can accomplish positive outcomes for communities.
Peter Holbrook CBE, Chair of Compact Voice (pictured left), said:
“This year’s winners are a showcase of creative and innovative approaches to partnership working. The theme that connects them all is when communities are put first the voluntary and public sector can achieve some truly amazing things together. I would personally like to thank all of this year’s winners and shortlisted entrants. By leading the way they set a benchmark that others can seek to replicate up and down the country.”
Rob Wilson MP, Minister for Civil Society (pictured left), said:
"This year’s winners show that effective partnerships continue to have a positive impact in local communities. I am also encouraged to see a wide range of nominations that deliver change, demonstrating how we can work all together to build a truly compassionate society."
The awards ceremony takes place in Compact Week, which runs from Monday 2nd to Friday 6th November 2015. Events and activities are taking place across England to promote the Compact and its achievements, and to encourage strong and impactful cross sector partnerships.
Results of the 2015 Compact Awards
A booklet containing all of the shortlisted nominations in full is available to download here. Download each of the winning nominations below by clicking on the name of the winner.
Compact Advancing Equality Award
Awarded for demonstrating an outstanding commitment to equality: through promoting services, activities, or events which help advance equality of opportunity, or actively seek to tackle and challenge discrimination.
Winner: HENCEL Deaf Inclusion Project
For supporting members of the deaf community to raise awareness of barriers to accessing health services, and for making a real impact in improving access for deaf patients in North, Central and East London.
Highly Commended: Healthwatch Essex Learning Disability Ambassadors
For ensuring the experiences of people with learning disabilities are used to improve health and social care services, and for empowering members of the learning disability community to become health champions in Essex.
Compact Engagement Award
Awarded for excellence in engagement using the principles of the Compact, ensuring that the design and delivery of services is based on a comprehensive understanding of community need.
Winner: Sussex Youth Commission
For their innovative work in ensuring the voices of young people are heard on policing and crime policy in Sussex.
Compact Impact Award
Awarded to the group or individual who has used the principles of the Compact to challenge, improve, or develop creative solutions to emerging issues or challenges.
For utilising the skills and experience of cross-sector partners to deliver outstanding outcomes for disadvantaged adults in North Tyneside.
Compact Innovation Award
Awarded for developing a new on-going approach to improving or supporting Compact working, particularly for demonstrating creative solutions to difficult situations.
For empowering young people with autism to raise autism awareness and improve the accessibility of buildings and services in Redbridge for autistic people.
Local Compact Partnership Award
Awarded for outstanding commitment to the Compact, with demonstrable on-going outcomes and improvements delivered and communicated for communities.
For utilising the expertise of cross-sector partners to help prepare benefit claimants for the introduction of Universal Credit.
Highly Commended: Sefton New Realities Steering Group
For their efforts to improve cross sector relationships in Sefton, and for ensuring commissioning places an increased emphasis on social value.
Compact Leadership Award
Awarded for showing outstanding leadership which has directly led to consistent championing and support for the Compact.
Winner: John Dwyer, Cheshire PCC
For his part in developing a local Compact agreement, and for his consistent investment in the voluntary sector, enabling it to build capacity and play a key role in helping to make Cheshire safer.
Chris Frost Award
Awarded by the Chair of Compact Voice (Peter Holbrook CBE) to recognise excellence in Compact working. The Award commemorates the work of Chris Frost, who passed away in 2013. Chris was chief executive of Merton Voluntary Service Council and a multiple Compact Award winner.
For their innovative approach to commissioning projects which use social prescribing to meet health outcomes in Stockton-On-Tees since 2013. As well as achieving considerable health outcomes, this has led to improved relationships between the voluntary sector, Clinical Commissioning Group and local authority, and resulted in the creation of further projects that utilise the strengths of these partnerships.