Oldham Compact updated

Voluntary Action Oldham says there is a 'greater desire' to make the agreement work

The Oldham Compact will be updated at the town's annual voluntary sector fair next week.

The local Compact, which outlines how the public and voluntary sectors should behave towards each other, fell into disuse after being drawn up in 1999.

Cath Cook, a partnership development officer at Voluntary Action Oldham, said the document was now better resourced and there was greater desire to make it work.

Oldham Partnership
, the local strategic partnership, has contributed £12,000 for the refresh process and further funds are expected to follow.

The refreshed Compact consists of a summary document and a full version. Three codes of good practice, covering funding and procurement, volunteering and engagement and consultation will be added by the end of year.

An action plan outlining who is responsible for monitoring and evaluating the agreement is being drawn up and signatories are being encouraged to appoint Compact champions.

Oldham Partnership's steering group has agreed to make the Compact a permanent agenda item so its development can be assessed.

Council, health, police and fire service representatives are expected to be among the signatories at Tuesday's fair, which has attracted 60 exhibitors.

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