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Compact on the agenda at NCVO Annual Conference

Yesterday, Compact Voice's London-based team attended NCVO's Annual Conference. It isn't unusual at conferences to have to explain what the Compact is to delegates who aren't aware of it. They are usually familiar with its principles, though less so their origin. However, yesterday's conference was slightly different: most people I met were aware of the Compact, but many challenged me to convince them why it was still relevant.

The dedicated Compact worker paradox

Let me play devil’s advocate: dedicated local Compact workers can be invaluable in getting local Compacts up and running, but can their influence also prevent the Compact from being self-sufficient?

The essence of good partnership working

We live in turbulent times. Many of the structures for partnership working are changing, evolving and in some cases disappearing. I’ve been pondering the impact of this and reflecting on what the essence of good partnership working really is.  

Oldham: Embedding the Compact in a new Cooperative structure

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Oldham Council has recently made the shift to being a Cooperative Borough, and they’ve ensured that the local voluntary and community sector is at the heart of their new structure. The momentum that is being created to develop Oldham as a Cooperative Borough has helped to meaningfully embed the local Compact into their day to day practices.

Despite predictions, the world and the Compact will continue to thrive

Nostradamus may have predicted that the world would end in 2012, but here at Compact Voice we’re hunkering down for a busy year, with a lot of Compact developments on the horizon. No doom and gloom here, then.

Read a round up of last year's major developments for Compact Voice, and find out what's on the horizon for 2012.

Should the format of your Compact be as important as its contents?

When renewing your local Compact, should you focus your attention on discussing the appearance and format of the finished document, or should you be more concerned about the content?
 
The answer may seem obvious – until you take into account making your local Compact accessible to everyone.

Is transforming local infrastructure a good thing?

One of the things I like about my job is that I get a great overview of what current key issues for the voluntary and community sector are, and get to know what is happening locally. We all know that this is a time of change and upheaval, brought about by shrinking resources and a new policy agenda. The emphasis is on doing things differently and on finding innovative ways to provide services.

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. 

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.

North Lincolnshire: Compact-proofed funding cuts

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North Lincolnshire Council has shown commitment to its voluntary and community sector partners by working with them to ensure that where cuts to their funding have been made, they have been done so in a fair, sustainable and Compact compliant manner. 

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