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Talking vs litigation - Compact brokerage predicted to save £500,000 public funds: Guest Blog from Mark Hubbard, Voscur

In this guest blog, Mark Hubbard, Compact Liaison Officer at Voscur, talks about how Bristol’s local Compact and the relationships that have developed as a result of it enabled a dispute between Bristol City Council and a local voluntary organisation to be resolved out of court, avoiding substantial legal costs and damage to cross-sector relationships.
 

Improving policing by engaging hard to reach young people: Guest blog from Katy Bourne, Sussex PCC

In this guest blog, Katy Bourne, Police and Crime Commissioner for Sussex, talks about the role the voluntary sector has played in the Sussex Youth Commission, a project aimed at engaging hard to reach young people to inform policing policy in Sussex. The project won the 2015 Compact Engagement Award.
 

The importance of infrastructure for partnership working

The Big Assist National Conference took place in London last week. The conference featured talks and workshops on issues affecting voluntary sector infrastructure organisations. In this blog post, we reflect on the role of infrastructure organisations in cross-sector partnership working.
 

Creating a space for cross-sector dialogue in Warrington

Warrington Voluntary Action

In seeking to improve their relationship with the local voluntary sector, Warrington Borough Council created the new post of Third Sector Partnership Development Officer (TSPDO). The new role, managed jointly by the council and Warrington Voluntary Action (WVA), coordinates a Third Sector Network Hub, which hosts meetings of strategic importance to cross-sector relationships and ensures a positive dialogue is maintained between the council and the voluntary sector. These innovations have led to improved practices in how the council works with the voluntary sector, and a refreshed local Compact.

Sunderland Making Every Adult Matter (MEAM) Project

Often, people disadvantaged by a range of multiple and complex needs, such as poverty, poor housing and mental health problems can’t see their circumstances improving. The MEAM project in Sunderland builds on existing partnerships between the council, Clinks, Mind and Homeless Link to provide more flexible and coordinated services by changing cultures and policies. The project has made a significant impact in turning lives around, reducing homelessness and reducing statutory costs.

Tower Hamlets: Engaging hard to reach groups to inform health priorities

Tower Hamlets Community Intelligence Bursary

The Community Intelligence Bursary (CIB) is a grant programme jointly funded by Tower Hamlets Healthwatch and Tower Hamlets Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and supported by Tower Hamlets CVS and Public Health. The coming together of these bodies ensures that the needs and views of the local community, particularly those seldom heard, directly feed into the effective and transparent design and development of services commissioned and delivered in the borough. This is achieved by funding research carried out by voluntary and community sector (VCS) organisations who have experience of working closely with the local community.

Partnership working in Hackney delivers integrated support for vulnerable people

By working in partnership with a range of multi-disciplinary teams from across the public and voluntary sectors including GPs, the Clinical Commissioning Group and local NHS Foundation Trust, One Hackney & City is able to offer vulnerable individuals responsive and high quality support and services so that they can safely remain in their own communities. 

North Tyneside: Creating Social Value

Voluntary Organisations and Development Agency (VODA)
The North Tyneside Health and Social Value Group, which includes the Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), local authority and voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector, jointly produced a framework for embedding social value in procurement activity to deliver benefits to local disadvantaged communities.  In addition to raising awareness, the social value framework takes account of local priorities agreed by the North Tyneside Strategic Partnership (NTSP) and the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA), and will be considered as part of all local procurement exercises, not just those above the EU threshold.

Devolution and Us: our journey so far

In this special guest blog for Compact Week 2015, Warren Escadale, Chief Executive of Voluntary Sector North West, talks about the voluntary sector's journey so far as the devolution agenda gains pace in the North West of England.
 
          
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