February 2016 Compact Voice Round-Up

We’ve scanned all the latest news for voluntary organisations involved in cross-sector partnership working and public service delivery and distilled it into a bite-sized blog. If you have any thoughts or questions about the issues covered (or if we’ve missed something!), leave a comment below or tweet us @CompactVoice

Public Services and Partnership Network

Compact Voice and NCVO’s Public Services team are hosting a new online community for voluntary organisations and public bodies working in partnership to transform and deliver public services. The Public Services and Partnership Network is a space to share ideas and good practice, and discuss challenges and opportunities for cross-sector working. Compact and Voice and NCVO will be taking an active part in discussion threads, so you’ll also benefit from our policy expertise and knowledge. You can join the network for free here.

New Compact Voice case studies

We have produced a host of new case studies which demonstrate how cross-sector partnerships are bringing about positive change in their communities. These examples of good practice include a multi-disciplinary team consisting of the Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), local NHS Foundation Trust and voluntary organisations providing high quality and responsive services to vulnerable people in Hackney; a CCG funding voluntary organisations to research the views of hard to reach groups to inform health priorities in Tower Hamlets; a partnership between an NHS mental Health Trust and three voluntary organisations providing care to people with severe and enduring mental health issues in Leeds; the City Council and voluntary organisations working together to support people with multiple and complex needs in Sunderland; and the local authority and local Council for Voluntary Services (CVS) working together to bring fitness classes to community groups in Redbridge.

Guest blog posts from PCCs

With their expertise in providing services around early invention and rehabilitation, voluntary organisations can play an important role in helping Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) reduce offending. We have two new guest blog posts on our site from PCCs: from Cheshire PCC John Dwyer, winner of the Compact Leadership Award at the 2015 Compact Awards, talking about how he has worked in partnership with the local voluntary sector to make Cheshire safer, and from Gloucestershire PCC Martin Surl, explaining why he believes working with the voluntary sector is essential for reducing crime.

NCVO Welfare Reform report

New research carried out by NCVO has revealed that voluntary organisations are experiencing greater demand for their services as a result of welfare reforms. The report, entitled “Welfare Reform: Voices from the Voluntary Sector”, reflects on the experiences of voluntary organisations working at the frontline of welfare reform and the extent to which the government’s objectives of simplifying the benefits system, protecting the most vulnerable and incentivising work are being met. It describes how, in response to the reforms, some organisations are pioneering approaches to delivering services with cross-sector partners, including local authorities and Jobcentre Plus, and recommends that policymakers continue to engage with voluntary organisations as they shape and roll out the reforms.

NCVO Annual Conference 2016: Creating the future for voluntary action

Bookings are now open for NCVO’s annual conference. On 18 April 2016 in London, over 500 voluntary sector leaders will convene to consider how charities have changed and what needs to be done to set the agenda for tomorrow’s sector. The conference includes a State of the Sector address by Sir Stuart Etherington, followed by a selection of workshops including ‘The local authority view: how we want to work with the sector in the next five years’, using theory of change to demonstrate your impact and a debate on the benefits of strategic planning. Find out more and book your place here.

BIG Assist national conference 2016 – New directions for voluntary sector infrastructure

As they often act as a conduit for engagement between public bodies and the wider voluntary sector, infrastructure bodies have a key role to play in cross-sector partnership working. NCVO invite you to join the BIG Assist national conference on Thursday 25 February where infrastructure organisations and stakeholders will share and learn new ideas and ways of working to strengthen the sector and build social action. The day will include sessions on new commissioning models and demonstrating impact. Find out more and book your free place here.

Cities and Local Government Devolution Act receives Royal Assent

New laws came into force on 28 January heralding a radical decentralisation of power. The Cities and Local Government Devolution Act paves the way for the creation of metro mayors and the handing down of powers so local leaders can be in control of their own affairs. More information on the Act can be found here. In a guest blog for Compact Voice, Warren Escadale, Chief Executive of Voluntary Sector North West, discussed how the voluntary sector can influence the devolution agenda. A new briefing by NAVCA, produced in partnership with Locality and their members in West Yorkshire, argues that devolution should be underpinned by five key principles for it to realise its transformative potential.

NPC briefing on Impact Reporting

Demonstrating impact can be important for voluntary organisations seeking to gain funding from public bodies and other sources. A new briefing from NPC, entitled “Result! What good impact reporting looks like”, looks at how to plan and produce a good impact report. It follows an event held on the subject in July 2015 and draws on advice from speakers and the experiences of attendees.
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