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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Reviewing our impact, and asking for your input

This week Compact Voice published our annual Impact Report, outlining the various activities and achievements that took place during 2012.

This is the fourth impact report I’ve been involved with since starting at Compact Voice, and it’s reassuring to look over them and see how much progress has been made over the last few years.

Compact Voice Impact Report 2012

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Published by Compact Voice in early 2013, the Impact Report highlights the key activities and achievements delivered by the Compact Voice team during the year.

Provoking engagement

One of the best reasons to renew a local Compact is to develop engagement in the renewal process from a wide range of local organisations.

Sounds easy, doesn’t it? But in the current climate of shrinking resources and growing pressure on frontline service delivery in both sectors, getting people to respond to consultations, attend events and engage in shaping a local Compact can be an uphill struggle. So I was intrigued by a great example of ‘provocative’ engagement in the renewal of the Bristol Compact that I came across recently.

Sunderland: Creating new ways to learn about the Compact

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The Sunderland Compact e-learning programme was developed over a period of several years. It was initially developed with the aim of helping staff at Sunderland City Council to better understand the role of the voluntary and community sector in the city, and to provide them with a good understanding of the Compact agreement. Since then, it has also been rolled out to VCS and other statutory sector partners.

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