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North Tyneside: Creating Social Value

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The North Tyneside Health and Social Value Group, which includes the Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), local authority and voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector, jointly produced a framework for embedding social value in procurement activity to deliver benefits to local disadvantaged communities.  In addition to raising awareness, the social value framework takes account of local priorities agreed by the North Tyneside Strategic Partnership (NTSP) and the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA), and will be considered as part of all local procurement exercises, not just those above the EU threshold.

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.

Norfolk: effective engagement with Health and Wellbeing Boards

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Norfolk’s Voluntary Sector Engagement Project plays an important role in ensuring that Health and Wellbeing Board (HWB) discussions benefit from voluntary and community sector (VCS) experience and expertise. The partnership allows the HWB to deliver its aim of effective and transparent design and development of policies, programmes and public services that meet the needs of individuals. It is particularly influential in tackling some of the impacts of welfare reform, selecting priorities for mental health services, supporting the Joint Strategic Needs Analysis (JSNA) and contributing to integrated service planning.Norfolk’s Voluntary Sector Engagement Project, funded by the Health and Wellbeing Board, continues the strategic integration of the voluntary sector started through the original Compact agreement.

Helping you make the most of your consultation responses

At Compact Voice, we talk a lot about what departments can do to engage better with the voluntary sector. However, there isn’t much in the way of guidance for voluntary organisations on how they can effectively and efficiently respond to consultations.

Briefing: The Compact and Police and Crime Commissioners

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This guidance makes the case for why Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) should engage with their local Compact.

It includes information about what local Compacts are and how they can help with areas like improving outcomes of local services and managing risk. It also includes a case study exploring how local Compact partners in Gloucestershire have engaged with their PCC.

The North East Compact Network: Coming together to work better in partnership

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The North East Compact Network was established by Compact Voice in 2012, to allow representatives from various local Compacts across the region to meet and learn from each other’s experiences.

This document is a compilation of some of the Compact and partnership working activities happening across the region, and provides a brief overview of the state of Compact working in the different areas across it. It is designed to encourage good practice by showcasing some of the excellent work being done in the North East, and the benefits this has brought to different organisations in both sectors.

Guest blog: Insights from the Office for Civil Society’s Compact lead

Jonathan Slater is on secondment at the Office for Civil Society, where he leads on the Compact. Here he discusses some of the key areas he’s been working on during his time there.

Essex: Spreading the Compact word via e-learning


Essex Partnership Forum boasts a vibrant, active Compact. As part of their action plan, an E-Learning Tool about the Compact was launched at the Annual Essex Compact Forum AGM in May 2013. The Compact e-learning tool is an exciting new project that aims to raise awareness of the Compact and is currently being targeted to all to all Compact partners, elected council members and VCS organisations in Essex.

Sneak preview of our annual survey results

First of all, a huge thank you to everyone who has taken the time to complete our annual survey. As Tom explained in his last blog, the results from the survey help us understand what is working well in different areas across England, as well as what is not working so well. The findings also help us set our priorities for the coming year as we respond to what you’ve told us.

Secondly, our survey is open for another two weeks!

What you tell us makes a difference

The annual local Compact survey - now in its third year - is one of the key ways that Compact Voice understands the health of local Compacts, what's working, what isn't, and what needs to be done to strengthen and support local partnership working.

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