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Bristol: Meaningful engagement in local Compact renewal

Bristol city centre via http://www.flickr.com/photos/waltjabsco/

Bristol achieved widespread engagement in the review and update of its local Compact in 2012. As well as helping to raise awareness of the Compact, the renewal has resulted in a local Compact that is relevant to all partners in the City.

The many benefits of local Compact networking

Local Compacts can often cover quite small areas – for example, a district or borough council might have its own local Compact.

This can lead to a multiple local Compacts in one large regional area, and the people involved in each Compact often don’t come together to meet and learn from each other.

Provoking engagement

One of the best reasons to renew a local Compact is to develop engagement in the renewal process from a wide range of local organisations.

Sounds easy, doesn’t it? But in the current climate of shrinking resources and growing pressure on frontline service delivery in both sectors, getting people to respond to consultations, attend events and engage in shaping a local Compact can be an uphill struggle. So I was intrigued by a great example of ‘provocative’ engagement in the renewal of the Bristol Compact that I came across recently.

West Midlands Compact Panel: Promoting good practice locally

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The West Midlands Compact Panel has enabled the sharing of good practice about the Compact and Compact principles and helped to strengthen partnership working across the West Midlands. It is attended by both public sector and VCS representatives who have an open and honest dialogue about how best to deal with current issues and challenges.  

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).

Carlisle: Signing up to a local Compact

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Carlisle City Council wanted to sign up to the County-wide Cumbria Compact, to strengthen the good relationship they already had with the voluntary and community sector. Before they did so, the Council considered their compliance with the commitments outlined in the Cumbria Compact and identified areas for improvement by undertaking a self-assessment exercise.

Is this the end of stories about the end of the Compact?

Probably not.

Another week, another policy change in government and so this must mean the end of the Compact, right?

Putting Partnerships in Perspective

2012’s Compact Week is drawing to a close, and I think we can all confidently say it’s been a success.

The team has been involved with addressing council members in Merton, promoting the Compact to new audiences in Stockton, speaking at an awards ceremony in Gloucestershire (brilliantly called the Gloscars) and contributing to activities in a number of different government departments, including the Department for Transport, Ministry of Justice, and Home Office.

These are just some of the activities we’ve been involved with, and there have been lots of others taking place across England. To say that we’ve been busy is somewhat of an understatement, and there is a sense of contented fatigue in the team as we all reflect on a job well done.

Redbridge: Making the spirit of the Compact leap from the pages

Redbridge compact

The Redbridge Compact 2011-2014 does far more than list shared principles.

It sells the Compact based on what it can do for partners and describes what good Compact working looks like in a way that makes sense in the real world.

Compact work and compliance – can one person really positively influence Compact compliance?

In our work, we all like to think that we have a positive impact, but in some jobs it is harder to measure than others. This is the third in a series of blogs exploring interesting trends to emerge from our 2012 annual survey of local Compacts. In this blog, we delve deep into the data in an attempt to assess the impact of local Compact work.

          
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