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Supported by Cheshire County Council
and Crewe and Nantwich CVS and Volunteer Bureau
We are committed to working together to ensure the Compact Codes of Practice are implemented within our partnership.
The national Compact on relations between Government and the Community and Voluntary Sector was published in November 1998. This provides a framework to help to guide the relationship at every level and is seen as a document of both practical and symbolic importance.
It recognises the contribution to society that voluntary and community group’s make, and acknowledges their independence.
Following the lead of central Government, the local Community and Voluntary Sector and local and county level government have come together to develop a Compact for Crewe and Nantwich.
The Crewe and Nantwich Compact recognises the considerable local activity of the voluntary and community sector and the constructive relationships established over many years between the voluntary and community sector and the key local statutory agencies.
A Compact is a written understanding and statement of partnership between the key local statutory sector agencies and the voluntary and community sector. It is a commitment to work together more closely, and to respect each other’s rights and responsibilities. It offers a new approach to partnership, and a framework to develop more detailed agreements in specific areas in the future.
The Crewe & Nantwich Local Strategic Partnership, which includes the County Council; the Borough Council; the Primary Care Trust; South Cheshire College and the Voluntary and Community Sector agencies in Crewe and Nantwich recognise the valuable contribution each makes to many aspects of life within the Borough. They are committed to developing an effective partnership to serve the interests of the citizens of Crewe and Nantwich.
This Compact jointly prepared by representatives from all the above, sets a framework for joint working. It outlines shared values and contains mutual commitments to good practice.
The intention has been to draft a statement that will be broadly applicable across the whole range of relationships between the voluntary and community sector and the public sector.
There is recognition that all parties may have different viewpoints on particular issues although there is a shared will to work together, resolving any conflict, and that there is a respect for each parties different roles
There is a recognition that all parties commit to the broad principles of the Community Strategy
Improve communication, common understanding, collaboration, trust and respect between the Community and Voluntary Sector and the Statutory Sector.
Set out principles for developing working relationships between the Community, Voluntary, and Statutory Sectors.
Set out a framework for effective consultation, representation and partnership working, including agreed definitions and shared values on joint undertakings.
All partners agree to:
Undertake positive action to promote equality of opportunity and inclusion for all people regardless of age, appearance, care responsibilities, class, disability, employment status, HIV status, income, gender, marital status, health status, sexuality, race, ethnic background, religion, place of residence or resident status within Crewe and Nantwich.
Undertake positive action that demonstrates awareness of the diversity of needs, information, support and financial resources required to enable all peo-ple especially volunteers to participate in consultation and partnership working.
Recognise that a successful partnership must be on the basis that the
voluntary sector is an equal in all respects.
Listen to each other and respond constructively.
Increase community involvement and participation by supporting volunteering activity
Identify, develop and promote good practice
To identify and develop activities and projects which reflect and address local needs
Work together with accountability, honesty, integrity, objectivity and transparency.
Acknowledge the importance of doing everything they can reasonably do to prevent crime and disorder in the area.
Represent information fairly and respect confidentiality where required
Work with an ethos that encourages the resolution of conflict and puts in place agreed processes to rectify any breakdowns in communication
Work together to gather information that maps and audits the contribution of each sector to the social, economic and environmental well being of Crewe and Nantwich and to disseminate such information.
That all partners are accountable for their actions, and common throughout
is the need for thorough and appropriate management of the processes
involved in developing a workable agreement.
All partners agree to:
Demonstrate commitment to, and share responsibility for implementing and reviewing the Compact Codes of Practice
Distribute the Compact Codes of Practice widely and provide induction and training within their organisations to raise awareness of how the agreement affects joint working
Establish evaluation criteria of the Compact Codes of Practice by including it in annual plans and targets
Establish and adopt a procedure within organisations by which those dissatisfied with the implementation of the Compact are able to raise concerns and have these addressed.