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Compact Voice launches survey into local compacts across England

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Fri, 01/07/2011

Compact Voice has launched their first annual survey to gather up-to-date information about the state of all local compacts across England, in order to help Compact Voice better understand how they are working.

The survey will provide comprehensive information about areas with a local compact, identifying where they are working well to help communities build stronger partnerships, and where improvement is needed.

Local compacts provide a framework for partnership working between the sectors, something of particular importance when voluntary organisations are experiencing reductions in public sector funding. Local compacts outline reasonable expectations that can help foster trust and highlight shared goals.

The current era of localism, deregulation, and budget cuts means it’s vital that strong relationships and services flourish and remain intact, and local compacts are a key mechanism to help achieve this. Compact Voice believe that information gathered which can be used to assess the health of local compacts will enable us to better understand how they have helped address some of the challenges being experienced by the voluntary and community sector.

Adam Pickering, Compact Voice Engagement Officer, said:

“This survey is the first in what we hope will be an annual activity to provide a complete picture of how local compacts are performing throughout England. It will provide us with a wealth of information which will be invaluable in helping us to do our job of representing the voluntary sector’s interests on the Compact - whether we are providing well informed local support or lobbying government.”

The survey is open until 12th July 2011, and Compact Voice are encouraging anyone with knowledge of their local compact to take part. The survey can be taken at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Compact_Voice_Survey.  All responses will be confidential.

For any further queries, please contact Kelly Ventress by email: kelly.ventress@compactvoice.org.uk or telephone: 0207 520 2486 or visit www.compactvoice.org.uk.