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The importance of infrastructure for partnership working

The Big Assist National Conference took place in London last week. The conference featured talks and workshops on issues affecting voluntary sector infrastructure organisations. In this blog post, we reflect on the role of infrastructure organisations in cross-sector partnership working.

Voluntary sector plays a key role in fighting crime: Guest blog from Martin Surl, Gloucestershire PCC

In this guest blog, Martin Surl, Police and Crime Commissioner for Gloucestershire, talks about the role volunteers and the voluntary sector play in reducing crime in Gloucestershire, and why he continues to be committed to funding voluntary organisations.

Sunderland Making Every Adult Matter (MEAM) Project

Often, people disadvantaged by a range of multiple and complex needs, such as poverty, poor housing and mental health problems can’t see their circumstances improving. The MEAM project in Sunderland builds on existing partnerships between the council, Clinks, Mind and Homeless Link to provide more flexible and coordinated services by changing cultures and policies. The project has made a significant impact in turning lives around, reducing homelessness and reducing statutory costs.

Transforming mental health services in Leeds through partnership working

Leeds’ Rehabilitation and Recovery (R&R) mental health service has been designed and delivered through a partnership between Leeds’ NHS Mental Health Trust (LYPFT) and three voluntary sector mental health organisations. Service users work with mental health professionals employed by the partner organisations, moving from stepped intensity residential care to rehabilitation in the community, with support provided for up to 6 months. The service has made a positive impact on the rehabilitation of service users and the length of stay in residential care.

Redbridge: Bringing fitness classes to community groups

Fit for Fun

Fit for Fun delivers free exercise classes to community groups and allows them to choose their own activities, venues and times. Originally conceived in partnership by Redbridge Primary Care Trust (PCT) and RedbridgeCVS, the project is now funded by Redbridge Council’s Public Health department. RedbridgeCVS uses its links with the community to identify participant groups which has now reached over 3,000 individuals. Redbridge Council helps RedbridgeCVS to train participants to become trainers themselves and funds RedbridgeCVS’ access to Grants Online which has been instrumental in ensuring that over 90% of the sessions continue once funding ceases. 

Partnership working in Hackney delivers integrated support for vulnerable people

By working in partnership with a range of multi-disciplinary teams from across the public and voluntary sectors including GPs, the Clinical Commissioning Group and local NHS Foundation Trust, One Hackney & City is able to offer vulnerable individuals responsive and high quality support and services so that they can safely remain in their own communities. 

Devolution and Us: our journey so far

In this special guest blog for Compact Week 2015, Warren Escadale, Chief Executive of Voluntary Sector North West, talks about the voluntary sector's journey so far as the devolution agenda gains pace in the North West of England.

Presentations on the Compact and partnership working

This section includes several presentations to accompany various themes covered by our Partnership Working Tookit which contains an array of practical, straightforward information covering everything you need to know about local cross-sector partnerships and how to make them thrive.

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