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1 The Sunderland Compact Stephanie Blayney Partnership Development Manager Graham Burt Strategy Development Manager

2 The Sunderland Compact “The Sunderland Compact (our Local Compact) provides a framework to improve partnership working between voluntary and community sector organisations in Sunderland and organisations of the Sunderland Partnership, of which the Sunderland Community Network is a partner. The Compact recognises the complementary role and diversity of organisations across the Voluntary and Community Sector; the value of the sector in the development and delivery of policy and services; the critical role of the sector; and the importance of its continued independence.” Sunderland Compact (2008)

3 The Sunderland Compact Based on the National Compact Agreement between organisations of the Sunderland Partnership and the Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS) which lays the foundation of how we will work together Exists to enhance partnership working arrangements to ensure better outcomes for citizens

4 Why do we need a Compact? In 2000 all Local Authorities were given a duty to develop a “local Compact” The Sunderland Compact is crucial to local relations and compacts are becoming the benchmark for improving them. The Compact is key to links between local policy including Local Area Agreements/Arrangements and the Sunderland Partnership. Local Compacts will ensure a “Compact way of working” is embedded into partner organisations. Sunderland Compact is a living document which is reactive to changing local relationships and priorities.

5 Policy Context 2006 White Paper – The Local Government and Public Involvement Act 2007 2007 Sustainable Communities Act 2008 Empowerment White Paper 2009 New Duty to Involve 2009 Refreshed National Compact Policy Context: Local Community Leadership Programme Local Area Plans Area Arrangements 2008 Sunderland Community Development Plan Sunderland Strategy LAA

6 Relevant Performance Indicators NI3 – civic participation in the local area NI4 - % people who feel they can influence decisions in their locality NI6 – participation in regular volunteering NI7 – environment for a thriving third sector DfT DSO – to enhance access to jobs, services, and social networks, including the most disadvantaged CLG DSO – Build prosperous communities by improving the economic performance of cities, sub-regions and local areas, promoting regeneration and tackling deprivation BUT VCS need to be involved in delivery of as many NIs as possible

7 The Sunderland Compact structure Main Compact document – overarching framework Codes of Practice – provide the detailed agreement: –Funding and Procurement –Volunteering –Involvement and Consultation –Voluntary and Community Groups –Older People –Disabilities Codes of Practice under development through the IAGs: –BME –Younger people –Faith –Gender –Sexuality Compact file for all signatories

8 How will the Compact make a difference? Builds trust and understanding Recognises and supports the contribution that each makes to improving the lives of individuals and communities Equity in relationships Informed policy decisions, based on the expert knowledge of people on the ground Better programme funding that more closely reflects the needs of users Progress towards a more equal society, by identifying and tackling inequality and discrimination Value for money

9 Compact Implementation Group To oversee the implementation and further development of the Sunderland Compact. Representation from both organisations of the Sunderland Partnership and VCS organisations. Quarterly meetings Review progress made on the implementation of the Compact, including performance management Develop marketing and training arrangements Compact compliance mediation Representatives?

10 Compact Compliance Stage 1: Informal – open and transparent dialogue between partners Stage 2: Formal mediation – Compact Implementation Group Stage 3: Formal intervention – Delivery Improvement Board Stage 4: National support – Compact Advocacy Programme / Public Law Project

11 Compact Monitoring and Reporting Quarterly reviews of the Compact and Codes of Practice –Evidence of implementation –Performance management of delivery plan Impact Assessment Questionnaire to signatories (prior to 3 rd Quarter meeting) Annual Review Annual Compact Conference (Compact Week, November)

12 Implementing the Compact Ensuring all organisations of the Sunderland Partnership are signed up to the Compact and they have a Compact link officer Through Sunderland Community Network encourage further VCS sign up to the Compact Establishing the Compact Implementation Group within the Sunderland Partnership Challenge of demonstrating the value of the Compact (performance management)

13 Examples of Implementation Volunteering Toolkit City Council grants protocol as part of an Intelligent Commissioning Framework City Council SIB application form redesigned to be Compact compliant City Council development of an e-learning programme around the Compact & forthcoming establishment of Compact Officer Group PCT alignment of grants process with the Compact

14 Challenges for 2010/2011 Ensuring that all organisations of the Sunderland Partnership embed the Compact in its structures Increasing awareness and understanding across sectors Ensuring the value of the Compact is demonstrated in performance reporting and development of a knowledge base Impact of the recession

15 Discussion Questions 1Does your wider organisation understand the Compact and its benefits? If not, what needs to happen to achieve this? What support do you need from us to do this? 2What do you believe the key challenges for your organisation are in relation to the Compact? 3We are looking into options to further increase understanding between sectors, for example a shadowing week during Compact week in November. Would you find this useful and are there any barriers we may need to consider? Do you have any suggestions on how we can increase cross-sectoral understanding?

16 Compact Implementation Group – Reminder Please let us know who the representative from your organisation will be They will be the link which ensures that your organisation is up to date with Compact developments and has access to implementation support

17 Contact details Stephanie Blayney Partnership Development Manager Sunderland City Council 0191 561 4603

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