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Redbridge: Supporting the community with a holistic, multi-agency partnership

Nick Hurd at Compact Awards

Redbridge First Response Service (ReFRS) is a unique, innovative, multi-agency partnership model in Redbridge. ReFRS ensures that health and social care services are provided to local people in a holistic and coordinated way, and was set up following a consultation process and with ongoing engagement with partners and service users.

Bristol: Transforming local commissioning and procurement


The Strategic Commissioning and Procurement Service at Bristol City Council (BCC) has incorporated many aspects of the Bristol Compact into its work.

Thurrock: revitalising their local Compact ten years on

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Thurrock’s Compact has provided a useful framework for developing positive relationships between sectors for a number of years. Partners in Thurrock decided to refresh their Compact in 2012, after a period where it had ‘fallen off the agenda’ for a number of months.

The process of renewing the local Compact helped prevent significant funding cuts and laid the foundation for stronger relationships between the sectors.

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. 

Changes to Judicial Review: What was proposed, what was agreed and what the changes mean

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Compact Voice have produced a short two page briefing on some of the changes that were proposed to the process of Judicial Review.

The briefing intends to be an easy-to-understand overview of what is an often complex legal area, but one which can have an impact on voluntary and community organisations - particularly those that campaign on the behalf of their service users.

Building partnerships through sharing unwanted 'stuff'

In this guest blog, Daniel O’Connor from WarpIT talks about his service (free for voluntary organisations) that allows them to take advantage of unwanted furniture, resources or kit for their offices.
The partnership WarpIT formed with Sunderland City Council was awarded the Compact Innovation Award at the 2013 Compact Awards.
Here, Daniel explains the benefits of the programme.

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.

Why proposed changes to Judicial Review have us worried

On 6th September 2013, the Government opened up an eight week consultation on proposed reforms to the Judicial Review (JR) process. 
The Government sees the proposed reforms as a way of speeding up the process of bringing and resolving a claim, thereby reducing the burdens on the court system and public services. 
However, if the proposals are passed, there is a worry that these reforms could have a serious effect on the ability of the public and the judiciary to hold the Government to account. 

Huntingdonshire: Creating a Compact to meet local need

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This case study examines the process of establishing a new local Compact.

Hunts Forum of Voluntary Organisations, Huntingdonshire District Council (HDC) and Compact Voice worked together to develop a local Compact for Huntingdonshire. Partners in the area wanted to create a local Compact that would be inclusive of local Town and Parish Councils and small voluntary and community groups in the area.


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.

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