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Improving awareness of autism in Redbridge

Autism Ambassadors

Autism Ambassadors and Redbridge Autism Awareness Roadshow are projects designed and delivered by young people with autism, using funding from Redbridge Council and management support provided by local charity Sycamore Trust. Through working in partnership with the local authority and other organisations, these projects have increased understanding of the issues affecting people with autism and have led to significant improvements in the accessibility of local services.  

Working together to make Cheshire safer: Guest Blog from John Dwyer, Cheshire PCC

In this guest blog, John Dwyer, Police and Crime Commissioner for Cheshire and winner of the 2015 Compact Leadership Award, talks about the crucial role the local voluntary and community sector plays in helping to make Cheshire safer, and how he has worked in partnership with them to achieve this shared vision.

Recognition is truly amazing: Guest Blog from Sussex Youth Commission, Compact Engagement Award winners 2015

In this guest blog, two members of the Sussex Youth Commission, winners of the Compact Engagement Award at the 2015 Compact Awards, talk about their experiences of partnership working and what it means to be recognised with an Award.

Sutton: Working in partnership to ensure local needs are met


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. 

Redbridge: Building partnerships across faiths to improve community safety


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

Sunderland at awards

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.
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


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.

Gloucestershire: Influencing the Police and Crime Commissioner

gloucestershire winning a compact award

Gloucestershire Association for Voluntary and Community Action (GAVCA) worked proactively with the Gloucestershire Police Authority and Gloucestershire Constabulary to help the Voluntary and Community Sector to engage with and influence the new Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC).

Wolverhampton: One contract for the voluntary sector

wolverhampton compact award winners

Wolverhampton has used their local Compact to improve efficiency by developing one standard contract between voluntary and community organisations and the City Council. 

Gateshead: A winning partnership

Gateshead winning compact award

Partners in Gateshead have developed a series of innovative projects and policies, including Community Asset Transfer Policy, the Gateshead Volunteers Big Idea, and a Commissioning Improvement Policy. The local Compact enables the Council to commission a number of its services to the Voluntary and Community Sector, ensuring a strong partnership and a strong sector.

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