Solihull wins national award for cross-sector partnership work

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The Compact Plus for Solihull was among the winners at this week’s national Annual Compact awards.

Sir Bert Massie, Commissioner for the Compact, announced the winners at a ceremony in London, held during Compact Week.

Solihull won the Local Compact of the Year award for its attempts to reinvigorate a Local Compact agreement that was largely ignored. The Compact Plus for Solihull 2008-2013 (pdf, 725kb), an agreement to improve relations between the Solihull Partnership and the third sector, was officially launched in December 2008.

Solihull’s Local Compact has made rapid progress in a short time.

In 2008/09, Solihull published its Compact Plus and its launch event was attended by over 100 partner organisations from across the public, private and third sectors. Promotion and awareness raising has led to improved engagement between the third sector and statutory partners, accompanied by improved trust and confidence between the partners.

Faisal Hussain, head of community and voluntary relations at Solihull Council, accepted the award saying:

‘The original Compact didn’t have the credibility of the vast majority of the third sector […]

Rather than resurrect the old document, after a consultation between the voluntary, statutory and private sectors we came up with one that has been more widely accepted and has led to more external funding by showing we have well-developed partnerships that can work together.’[1]

Wolverhampton Compact also nominated

The judges were also impressed by the work of Wolverhampton Compact, which demonstrated evidence of progress towards meeting the outcomes identified in their action plan, including the establishment of a new network bringing Compact Champions together.

The Compact is the long-standing agreement that sets out shared commitments and guidelines for partnership working between government and the third sector.

[1] Quoted in Third Sector Daily November 6th 2009

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