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The LGA Conference: a voluntary sector perspective

This time last week, I was at the final day of the LGA Conference in Manchester, and I feel like I learnt so much from it that I should take the time now to share some of my thoughts with you.

I was lucky enough to attend all three days of the conference, and I honestly wasn’t sure what to expect. Would it be disorganized like some conferences I’ve been to, would it be confusing and would it be relevant? Fortunately the conference was well organized, not at all confusing and very relevant.

What you tell us makes a difference

The annual local Compact survey - now in its third year - is one of the key ways that Compact Voice understands the health of local Compacts, what's working, what isn't, and what needs to be done to strengthen and support local partnership working.

Gloucestershire: Promoting the Compact to Parish and Town Councils

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Gloucestershire Association for Voluntary and Community Action (GAVCA), Gloucestershire Association of Parish and Town Councils (GAPTC) and Compact Voice worked together to promote the Compact to Parish and Town Councillors in Gloucestershire.

A series of evening workshops for local Councillors encouraged them to work closely with Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS) organisations for the benefit of local people.

Sunderland: Encouraging partnership working in funding applications

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The Sunderland External Funding Working Group is a sub-group of the local Compact Implementation Group.

The External Funding Working Group seeks to ensure that the City of Sunderland and its communities benefit from external funding opportunities by working collectively and collaboratively.

Local Compacts: A User Guide

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This User Guide, provides a comprehensive overview of local Compacts, covering areas such as communicating to different partners, monitoring and evaluation and renewing your Compact.

Greater Manchester: Meeting the present and future needs of communities together

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Research has shown that the risk of experiencing a domestic fire is higher in socially deprived areas and in households of black and minority ethnic residents. Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service has joined with ADAB, a local voluntary organisation in Bury, to make the community safer.

The two organisations created a new Community Fire Prevention network to raise awareness in the most vulnerable communities in Bury and Rochdale.

Herefordshire: A three sector Compact

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Herefordshire renewed its local Compact in 2012 and called it "Working Well Together". In recognition of the changing landscape in service delivery, the Herefordshire Compact makes it explicit that the Compact is about three sectors – including the private sector – working well together.

Bristol: Meaningful engagement in local Compact renewal

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Bristol achieved widespread engagement in the review and update of its local Compact in 2012. As well as helping to raise awareness of the Compact, the renewal has resulted in a local Compact that is relevant to all partners in the City.

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.

Compact Peer Review Toolkit

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The Compact Peer Review Tool was designed to enable peer review of local Compact operations according to commonly agreed procedures, questions and values.

The tool aims to make Compact stronger and more effective in your region, thus creating a fairer and more productive relationship between statutory and voluntary and community sectors to the benefit of people and the environment in the region.

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