The Government Office for the West Midlands has been given a gold commendation for excellence for monitoring and evaluation in recognition of two research projects supporting the self-assessment of 14 local Compacts in the region. Plymouth City Council and Wolverhampton and Kingston upon Hull Compacts also received Gold Commendations at the Compact Annual Meeting this morning.
Plymouth City Council was recognised in the better funding relationships category for developing a commissioning framework for children’s services with three-year contracts, full cost recovery and training for sector organisations that want to tender.
Kingston upon Hull Compact received an award in the innovation and impact category for developing a volunteering strategy to help the city deal with last summer’s floods, as well as creating projects to empower young people and promote race equality and community cohesion.
Wolverhampton Compact’s efforts in capacity building and embedding the Compact in its local strategic partnership were also commended.
Helen Baker, interim commissioner for the Compact, said: “The standard of nominations this year was very high and the results demonstrate the excellent work taking place on both a local and national level.”
Other winners in full
Communicating Our Compact
Organised a series of local partnership events to showcase the work of the sector across the rural district and to encourage sign-up to the Compact.
Fareham Compact Partners’ Group
Held an annual meeting with guest speakers and activities involving drama and music. Outcomes included the development of an online referral process and a referral group to help organisations communicate with statutory bodies.
Ran a series of workshops for Manchester City Council and VCS staff and produced a booklet of examples of successful applications of the Compact in Manchester.
Preston Community Network
Ran a series of workshops that led to discussions about how the Compact could be used more effectively.
Wirral Voluntary and Community Sectors’ Network
Held Compact Week event that signed up 22 volunteers as Compact Champions to drive implementation in the area.
Better Funding Relationships
Developed new council funding strategy for the sector, set up Community Chest small grants fund and moved towards three-year funding agreements.
Voice and Independence
Communities and Local Government
Conducted extensive consultation on new third sector strategy and set up range of mechanisms to involve sector in developing statutory guidance relating to the local government white paper. Also set up sector working group to develop a discussion paper on principles for stronger sector representation on local strategic partnerships.
Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Partnership Trust and the Warwickshire Primary Care Trust
Implemented exemplary consultation over the future of adult mental health services, with a 14-week consultation period, public and stakeholder meetings and a clear document setting out the issues.
Facilitated sector involvement in setting priorities for primary care trusts through the council’s health scrutiny group.
Produced a DVD outlining the five codes of the Compact and developed grass-roots engagement with the Compact and local area agreements.
Compact Way of Working
Department of Health
Was the first Government department to work with the sector at a strategic policy level through a sounding board and sector representation on its departmental delivery board. Significant sector input into the third sector strategy.
Built Compact into the early stages of strategy development so Compact breaches can be raised directly with the partnership board. Compact issues are now monitored through targets such as volunteering.
Surrey Compact and Ian Mackenzie Associates
Set up and trained network of more than 80 Compact Champions.
Innovation and Impact
East Sussex Compact
Developed a game to train people from both the public and voluntary sector on how to apply their local Compact codes to planning and tackling relational issues.
Set up a process resulting in work to engage the sector in the local strategic partnership and develop a sustainable community strategy.
Andrew Burt, funding & partnerships manager at Hertfordshire County Council
Developed Hertfordshire Compact and contributed to local Compact movement by speaking at national events.
Fiona Fleming, commissioning manager for children’s services at Plymouth City Council
Helped modernise current processes for children’s service commissioning by bringing together key people.
Councillor Elias Mattu, Wolverhampton Compact Champion and cabinet member for neighbourhoods and community safety at Wolverhampton County Council
Undertook many activities and supported VCS funding and capacity-building.
Stephanie Rowland, project and grants officer at Haringey Borough Council
Drove local Compact within council. Worked in partnership with local Compact officer to secure resources and support.