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Thurrock: revitalising their local Compact ten years on

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Thurrock’s Compact has provided a useful framework for developing positive relationships between sectors for a number of years. Partners in Thurrock decided to refresh their Compact in 2012, after a period where it had ‘fallen off the agenda’ for a number of months.

The process of renewing the local Compact helped prevent significant funding cuts and laid the foundation for stronger relationships between the sectors.

Latest on our spend and engagement research

Back in October 2013, Compact Voice initiated a piece of research into how local authorities engage with the voluntary sector, and how much they spend on it. 

This blog provides a bit of background as to why we undertook the research and where our findings are leading us. 

Huntingdonshire: Creating a Compact to meet local need

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This case study examines the process of establishing a new local Compact.

Hunts Forum of Voluntary Organisations, Huntingdonshire District Council (HDC) and Compact Voice worked together to develop a local Compact for Huntingdonshire. Partners in the area wanted to create a local Compact that would be inclusive of local Town and Parish Councils and small voluntary and community groups in the area.

 

Navigating through the East, the South East and local Compacts

I joined Compact Voice six months ago as an Engagement Development Officer covering the South East and East of England. 

I felt it was an auspicious year to arrive, as we’re celebrating 15 years of the Compact in 2013. I started my career as a project officer taking minutes at a local Compact development group back in the early 2000’s - and like the Compact, I’ve grown and changed a bit since then too.

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.

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.

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.

Your views and our work

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.

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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