Minister says “we need more Mertons”

Merton has collected two accolades and a commendation at this year’s Compact Awards ceremony, which was hosted by Simon Blake OBE, Chair of Compact Voice, and Nick Hurd MP, Minister for Civil Society.

Speaking at the awards ceremony, the Minister praised the borough saying: “We need more Mertons.”

Chris Frost, Chief Executive of Merton Voluntary Service Council, won the Leadership Award. The Innovation award went to Merton Youth Partnership, and Merton Partnership received a commendation in the Local Compact Partnership Award category.

Merton has been recognised in the national Compact Awards every year since 2005. The awards showcase outstanding government and voluntary working across the country. Winners are selected from groups, individuals, organisations and activities which highlight and demonstrate the best of Compact working.

Merton Council Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, Councillor Maxi Martin, said: ‘I am delighted that Merton’s Youth Transformation Project has won the Innovation award. It recognises our work in further strengthening ties with our young people in Merton.”

Chief Executive of Merton Voluntary Service Council, Chris Frost, said: “I am very proud to receive the Compact Leadership Award. Together we have built some fantastic relationships between the voluntary, public and private sectors, and made a huge difference locally. I want to thank my strong, supportive trustee board, great staff team and local partners.”

The Compact Awards ceremony was held on 7 November 2012. For more information, visit http://www.compactvoice.org.uk/compactawards2012

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Notes to editors:

• Compact Voice is the voice of the voluntary sector on the Compact – an agreement between the sector and the Government to ensure better working together. We provide training and resources, and represent the sector’s concerns to the government.

• 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 Partnership (the Local Strategic Partnership) co-ordinates the delivery of services and other activities in the borough to improve the quality of life and physical environment experienced by Merton residents and visitors to the borough. It brings together organisations that provide services or are involved in public life in the borough, working together in partnership to achieve our vision of Merton as ‘a great place to live and call home, where citizens are also neighbours and take responsibility for improving their own lives and neighbourhoods.