Commission for the Compact calls for more Compact champions

Report shows that giving staff responsibility for telling others about the agreement does make a difference

The Commission for the Compact is calling for the appointment of more ‘Compact champions' to improve use of the agreement.

The organisation, which promotes and oversees the Compact, has published joint research with Compact Voice, the body that represents third sector interest in the agreement, on the impact of Compact champions in 10 local authority areas.

The research concluded that Compact champions – paid or unpaid workers who play a key role in making the Compact known – had helped to improve awareness of and adherence to the agreement, which sets out how voluntary and public sector organisations should treat each other.

The study, They are Champions: the Role and Impact of Local Compact Champions, found that Compact champions were able to help settle disagreements and encourage people to take the Compact more seriously.

Sir Bert Massie, Commissioner for the Compact, said: "Now more than ever, we need Compact champions on the ground making sure that everyone is using the Compact for the benefit of communities."

The research was carried out by the Institute for Voluntary Action Research and involved local authorities in Calderdale, Derby, Devon, Rotherham, Southend, Sunderland, Surrey, Warwickshire, the Wirral and Wolverhampton.

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