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Voluntary Organisations Network North East: Supporting the Sector with Policy and Representation

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The Compact Award-winning Policy and Representation Partnership was set up in 2009, after receiving four years of funding to help the voluntary and community sector to influence public policy. 

The Partnership, facilitated by VONNE, set out to create a ‘Festival of Ideas’ around policy. This created the space and opportunity for people from grass roots voluntary organisations, people from across different sectors and funders to come together to explore ideas and influence policy-makers on issues that matter deeply to communities in the North East.

Briefing: The Compact and Clinical Commissioning Groups

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This short briefing provides a quick overview of what the Compact is, what local Compacts are and why Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) should engage with their local Compact.

CCGs using their local Compact sends a strong message they they are willing to strengthen relationships with local voluntary organisations - among other benefits.

Understanding Commissioning and Procurement: A Guide for Local Compacts

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Equally relevant to voluntary sector organisations and Compact partnerships, this detailed guide includes guidance on what the commissioning cycle looks like, how and when Compact groups and voluntary organisations can engage with commissioners and what the challenges are.

It also includes a practical action list for Compact groups (or any voluntary organisations seeking to work with commissioners), and a glossary of terms.

Essex: Spreading the Compact word via e-learning

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Essex Partnership Forum boasts a vibrant, active Compact. As part of their action plan, an E-Learning Tool about the Compact was launched at the Annual Essex Compact Forum AGM in May 2013. The Compact e-learning tool is an exciting new project that aims to raise awareness of the Compact and is currently being targeted to all to all Compact partners, elected council members and VCS organisations in Essex.

Briefing: Guidance on maintaining the independence of local Healthwatch

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Compact Voice, Healthwatch England and Regional Voices have published guidance on how local Healthwatch can maintain independence despite being directly funded by local authorities.

The guidance stresses the importance of independence and local Healthwatch maintaining a 'critical friend' approach with funders, and provides an overview of the tools available to ensure independence is upheld.

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.

Harnessing the power of complaints?

Opinions about complaining are often divided but when we are living in a service-oriented society what do we do when services are poor and cause us distress?

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.

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