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Compact At Work

Read about how the voluntary sector and public bodies are working together to deliver better outcomes for communities across the country. If you have any good practice stories you would like to share, drop us a line.

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.

Compact Advocacy case study: Reaching an understanding despite funding cuts

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This Compact Advocacy case study explores how the voluntary organisation Joined-Up Holidays managed to reach an understanding with their funder, despite unexpected funding cuts.

Kent Fire and Rescue Service breathes new life into the Compact

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Sue Beer, Dover Compact Officer, and her colleagues have been working with Kent Fire and Rescue Service. They have been exploring how cross sector working can benefit both the Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS) and the Fire Service. Positive steps have been taken to create a close relationship which improves the safety of local people.

Lewisham: bridging the gap

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The commitment shown to its partnership with the voluntary and community sector (VCS) by the London Borough of Lewisham aspires to more than just working together. It recognises that where the sectors work in true partnership their priorities become mutual and the boundaries between them become less distinct. 

Watford Borough Council: building VCS resilience in the context of cuts

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The relationship between Watford Borough Council and the voluntary and community sector groups it funds is built on openness and trust,  which has ensured that their partnership has survived despite facing the full force of the financial storm. 

Elected members take the lead in Shropshire

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Partnership working in Shropshire has been boosted by creating a new leadership role for a Cabinet member who is also a Compact Champion.

Shropshire Council has strengthened its commitment to a Compact approach by appointing Councillor Gwilym Butler to lead on working with the voluntary and community sector (VCS), community engagement and community leadership and governance.

Comparing local Compacts to drive improvements

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By coming together at a sub-regional level to scrutinise the impact of local Compacts, partners in the Humber have gained a unique insight into the current status and future potential of their local Compacts as well as an opportunity to identify and share good practice.

Improved Procurement Processes at Essex County Council

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Essex County Council has recently revised its procurement policies. By removing barriers and levelling the playing field for voluntary and community sector organisations, they now follow both the letter and the spirit of the Essex Compact.

Compact-compliant way of dealing with budget cuts in Calderdale

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Calderdale Council have responded to budget cuts in a mature, proactive and Compact compliant way by marketing the consultation, impact report and draft budget prominently.

Commissioning improved at Bristol City Council

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Scrutiny Members at Bristol City Council have established a fairer commissioning process - which is Compact compliant - by listening to the local voluntary sector.

Local Compacts at Work

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Published by Compact Voice in 2011, this document provides case studies about how local Compacts have successfully delivered across a range of issues, including service design, managing funding, and others.

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