The Compact is an agreement between Public Sector agencies and Voluntary and Community Sector agencies. The Compact recognises and sets out a series of shared values, principles and commitments that if followed, should improve the relationship between the two sectors. A National Compact was established in 1998 and was recently updated in 2010.
A copy of the National Compact can be accessed here.
Following the development of the National Compact, there was an expectation that local Compacts would be developed to help relationships at a grass roots level. In response to this expectation, Sandwell has developed a local Compact setting out the principles governing the relationship between the voluntary and statutory sectors. The Local Compact sets the tone of the relationship, supporting them to work together to do good things for the people of Sandwell. Whilst the Compact is not a legally binding document it is a statement of intent and aspiration.
In addition to the Compact document itself, in line with national developments, Sandwell has also produced some Codes of Practice.
The key documents are:-
Sandwell Compact In Action
The following case studies are real examples of how Sandwell Compact has worked in practice to bring about positive change and improvements to relationships between the sectors. These case studies will be added to over time to illustrate the continuing importance of the Compact way of working.