Merton Council and Chief Exec commended for partnership work

Merton Council, partner organisations and the voluntary sector have cause to celebrate this week having won the national Compact Impact Award for positive partnership working.

The Merton Compact is a partnership agreement between local public bodies, the business community and the voluntary and community sector to improve their relationships and provide a framework within which the sectors can understand what to expect from each other. The Merton Compact aims to achieve a Compact way of working by helping us communicate better with each other, understand and respect each other’s views and work together more effectively to support the people of Merton.

Merton has been recognised in the national Compact Awards every year since 2005, highlighting the continued strengthening of the relationship between the public and voluntary sectors.

This year’s national Compact Impact Award recognises Merton’s work to involve the voluntary sector was given to those organisations using their partnerships to address issues from challenging times and to tackle adversity while maintaining or developing strong partnerships.

Three key areas of work were highlighted: the way the voluntary sector was involved in shaping how new external funding would be allocated in the borough, joint work to assess the impact of decommissioning by a pan-London grant funder, and working with the voluntary sector on the challenges facing Adult Social Care and identifying possible solutions.

Chief Executive of Merton Council Ged Curran was highly commended within the Compact Champion of the Year Award category for his work to embed Compact principles wherever possible, promoting and supporting others to use the Compact. Ged is the first local authority Chief Executive to be highly commended in this category.

Nominated by Chris Frost, Chief Executive of Merton Voluntary Service Council (MVSC) and the leader of the Council, Councillor Stephen Alambritis, Ged was recognised for his passion, commitment and strong leadership which has led to Merton being recognised as good practice nationally. Examples of his work include encouragement of stakeholders within Merton, recognising the importance of the Compact within the council structures, and negotiating a smooth transition during changes in political representation in Merton.

These awards come just as Merton prepares to celebrate Compact Week and launch an updated Merton Compact, which has been subject to a refresh and consultation over the last few months.

Compact Week is from 7-11 November, and started with Merton Council’s Cabinet signing their support to the new refreshed Compact. The national Compact Awards ceremony was held at the Treasury yesterday (Tuesday 8 November), followed by the launch of the new Compact at Grenfell Housing & Training today (Wednesday 9 November). Guest speakers included the Leader of the Council, Councillor Stephen Alambritis, Merton Council Chief Executive Ged Curran, Lola Barratt, Chair of MVSC, and the Police Borough Commander Chief Superintendent Dick Wolfenden.

Merton Council Chief Executive Ged Curran said: “In Merton we are committed to working collaboratively and we will continue to make sure that the Compact is at the forefront of all we do and by pioneering new work areas. We are proud that stakeholders such as Merton Chamber of Commerce are recognising the benefits of partnership work, and we are working hard to encourage more organisations to sign up.”

Leader of the Council, Councillor Stephen Alambritis said: “Working closely with the voluntary sector in Merton helps us to better understand the needs of our residents and ensure that they receive services in the best way. During a difficult financial time, we are looking to continue these strong relationships to ensure that Merton remains at great place to live and work.”

Chief Executive of Merton Voluntary Service Council (MVSC), Chris Frost said: ” We’re delighted that Merton continues to be recognised nationally for its strong partnership working between the public, private and voluntary sectors. We have been able to demonstrate that our Compact Way of Working has led to many tangible outcomes that benefit the wider community and we’re determined to continue to work together to build on this success.”

For more information on Merton’s Compact visit http://www.merton.gov.uk/compact or call 020 8545 3379.

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Press Contact:
Leoni Munslow
Communications Officer
London Borough of Merton
020 8545 4654