Improving our ‘Compact way of working’

Merton’s Compact Board is seeking views on the refreshed Merton Compact, a partnership agreement between local public and voluntary sector agencies, to strengthen relationships and improve services.

Since its launch in November 2004 Merton’s Compact has received many accolades for its practical approach and the impact it has had on partnership working, including the National Compact Award in November 2010. The Compact is now being reviewed to make sure that it continues to support partnership working in the borough.

A few examples of the difference the Compact has made include:

– Improved communication between the public and voluntary sectors

– Involvement of voluntary sector representatives on partnership bodies

– Involvement of the voluntary sector in the development of Merton Council’s Adult and Children’s services Commissioning Strategies

– Involvement of the voluntary sector in setting departmental priorities and streamlining grant application processes

– Collaborative working to access external funding for the benefit of the community that would not have been available to a single agency

Cabinet member for community safety and engagement, Councillor Edith Macauley said: “Our partnership with the voluntary sector has flourished through working together. It is important to get the views of local people, voluntary sector organisations and partner agencies on this new version of the Compact so we can work better together for the benefit of our residents.”

Chief Executive of Merton Voluntary Service Council, Chris Frost, said: “The valuable framework our Compact provides has had a demonstrable impact on partnership working in Merton. At a time of reduced resources it is more important than ever for people to work together and this review will ensure our Compact remains relevant and continues to provide improved outcomes for local people.

Views should be sent to by 16 September 2011.

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