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Compact At Work

Read about how local and regional Compacts are being taken forward around England.

The case studies listed here highlight specific examples of good partnership working in different areas, but do not endorse or rate the local authority as a whole.

You can also search for case studies - and Compact Award winning projects - by area on our Good Practice Map.

Bristol: Transforming local commissioning and procurement

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The Strategic Commissioning and Procurement Service at Bristol City Council (BCC) has incorporated many aspects of the Bristol Compact into its work.
 
The department’s service function helps standardise commissioning practice and supports the involvement of voluntary and community sector (VCS) providers.

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.

Sutton: Working in partnership to ensure local needs are met

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Partners in the London Borough of Sutton recently refreshed the contents of their local Compact.

The process resulted in the development of a number of projects, which will benefit both the public sector and voluntary sector, and how they work together - as well as having a positive impact on the local community. 

Funding homelessness services innovatively across London

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The London Homelessness Social Impact Bond (SIB) was developed by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) and the Greater London Authority (GLA) in partnership with the London homelessness voluntary sector, and has been running since November 2012.
 
By using a Payment by Results (PbR) funding model, backed by Social Investment, it  allows voluntary sector providers the freedom to innovate to deliver long term results for persistent rough sleepers with complex needs, beyond what has been possible before.

Redbridge: Building partnerships across faiths to improve community safety

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Redbridge Faith Forum (RFF) successfully developed a range of projects with partners from the voluntary and community sector (VCS) and the statutory sector, who all work to Compact values and agreements - strengthening relationships in doing so.
 
The projects intended to bring together representatives from different community groups and faiths, in order to both improve community safety for older people and to involve people from different faith communities in discussing end of life care.

This project was awarded a Compact Advancing Equality Award in 2012.

Sunderland: Developing an innovative regional sharing network

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Sunderland Partnership developed a network where members reduce costs by swapping resources (either as a giveaway or loan). Sunderland Partnership has worked collaboratively with Sunderland City Council, Sunderland schools, Sunderland University, Voluntary and Community Action Sunderland and privately owned company WarpIT on the project.
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The project was awarded the Compact Innovation Award at the 2013 Compact Awards ceremony (pictured). 

Read a blog by Daniel O'Connor from WarpIT
 explaining how others can get involved in their area.

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.

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.

 

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.

Darlington: Advancing Equality in Health and Social Care

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Darlington LINk was an award-winning independent network that aimed to improve local health and social care services, ensuring everyone’s voice is heard. The LINk has now been replaced by Darlington’s Local Healthwatch as part of the changing health landscape. However, the spirit of partnership working established by the LINk remains. This case study explores some of the LINk’s achievements prior to April 1, 2013.