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Compact Spotlight on South Gloucestershire

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The Compact is working well in South Gloucestershire, thanks to the commitment of a wide range of partner agencies to work together. An active Compact group ensures that the Compact is integrated with key issues such as commissioning and Localism and that there is open and honest dialogue between partners.

Read more about how South Gloucestershire have got to where they are in this 'spotlight' case study.

Guest blog: What does a local Compact Officer actually do?

Our latest guest blog is by Sue Beer, who is part time Compact Officer at CASE Kent. Sue works across four districts in East Kent, and the post is currently supported by a Big Lottery grant. Here Sue discusses the challenges and responsibilities of being a Local Compact Officer.

Kensington & Chelsea: Partnerships across borough boundaries

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The Kensington and Chelsea Compact Implementation Group are helping to guarantee that services provided by the voluntary and community sector are sustainable, with relationships remaining strong during a period of change.

 

Do Compact Champions really make a difference?

I certainly think so - but as a previous winner of the Compact Champion of the year award, some may say that I am biased…

For those who aren’t familiar with the term, Compact Champions are simply people who are charged with raising awareness of their local Compact, spreading the word about its uses and helping to ensure it is understood and used locally.

Celebrating Success

Earlier this week, I was lucky enough to attend the 2011 Compact Awards, held at the Treasury and jointly organised by the team here at Compact Voice and the Office for Civil Society. 

The awards celebrated some of the best that the Compact can bring about, and it was a genuine pleasure to spend an evening in the company of people who I could effusively congratulate for their achievements. 

East Sussex: Measuring success

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By setting objectives and reviewing performance annually, the East Sussex Compact Steering Group has brought about a culture of continuous development within the East Sussex Compact.

Surrey: Honesty is the best policy

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The discourse between the Surrey Compact and Surrey County Council shows that all news, even bad news, is worth sharing.

Compact networking: A challenge worth taking on

Compact leads are a diverse group. Only a handful of areas fund a dedicated Compact officer, but most will have someone with responsibility for taking forward the Compact - even if its just one aspect of their job. 

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.

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