The South Gloucestershire Compact is an agreement between the public sector and voluntary & community sector organisations in South Gloucestershire. It sets out a way of working to strengthen the relationship between the sectors, for the benefit of residents and communities.
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The South Gloucestershire Compact ‘Getting it right together’ started in 2004. The latest update was published in July 2010, when it was adopted by the Local Strategic Partnership
South Gloucestershire Compact advocates a way of working for the sectors to promote collaboration and improve relationships. It goes beyond being just a list of principles or a set of guidelines for sectors to follow. If an event occurs that is in breach of the Compact principles, the mediation and dispute resolution process will be used to resolve the situation.
The South Gloucestershire Compact implementation group is responsible. CVS South Gloucestershire, the Care forum and Southern Brooks community partnership are members as representatives of the voluntary and community sector. The public sector members are:
• Avon Fire and Rescue Service
• Avon Local Council Association
• Avon and Somerset Police
• South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group
• South Gloucestershire Council with cross department representation
• All South Gloucestershire Town and Parish Councils.
The group aims to “Serve, represent, develop and promote the well being of local people and communities”. This is achieved by working to advance the principles of the South Gloucestershire Compact, managing the disputes process and developing best practice across and between sectors.
In Nov 2012 Minister for Civil Society, Nick Hurd, MP, presented the South Gloucestershire Compact Implementation Group with the National Compact Award for Partnerships for its demonstrable commitment to the principles of the Compact and high levels of partnership working.
“We want to support communities to work together to make a real difference. The Compact Award winners show what can be achieved when people work well together in partnership,” Nick Hurd.
about the National Compact: www.compactvoice.org.uk/news
“Getting it Right Together” was adopted by the South Gloucestershire Local Strategic Partnership in July 2010. To download a copy please click here
This was Delivered to Compact Implementation Group following national and local concerns that support to local voluntary and community groups and organisations would be reduced given the impact of the public sector budget cuts. The report was presented to the South Gloucestershire Partnership’s senior officer group on 14th May 2103.
Over the past nine months financial information has been gathered from public sector partners and, working with CVS South Gloucestershire, analysed by officers at the Council - the quantative results show that financial support for the period by the Council, NHS South Gloucestershire, the Police and Avon Fire and Rescue Services has been widespread, stable and not disproportionately reduced despite the large budget cuts these organisations have suffered.
The report commends the added value provided by the voluntary and community sector in the provision of local services and notes partners’ commitment to continue supporting the sector but also recognises the civil sector is heavily dependent on the council for financial support
Building on the baseline investment shown in this report, further work is needed to show how this investment has improved the sector show and identify where weaknesses need to be addressed so the sector’s resilience is strengthened and it is more able to face future challenges. A copy of the report can be found here and if you require any more information please contact Stephanie Kruse South Gloucestershire Council 01454 86386.