The South Gloucestershire Compact
What is the South Gloucestershire Compact?
The South Gloucestershire Compact is an agreement between the public sector and voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations in South Gloucestershire. It sets out a way of working to strengthen the relationship between the sectors, for the benefit of residents and communities.
About the South Gloucestershire Compact
The South Gloucestershire Compact ‘Getting it right together’ was launched in 2004. In July 2010 it was formally adopted by the South Gloucestershire Partnership. The latest version was published in July 2014 after extensive consultation with the sectors.
Who is involved?
The South Gloucestershire Compact applies to public sector organisations who have pledged to uphold their commitments; those Town and Parish Councils who have adopted the Parish Charter; and all voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations operating in South Gloucestershire.
What does the South Gloucestershire Compact mean to the sectors?
The South Gloucestershire Compact advocates a way of working for the sectors to promote collaboration and improve relationships. It goes beyond being just a list of principles or set of guidelines for sectors to follow. If an event occurs that is in breach of the Compact principles, the mediation and dispute resolution process will be used to resolve the situation.
Who is responsible for the South Gloucestershire Compact?
The South Gloucestershire Compact Implementation Group is responsible.
CVS South Gloucestershire, the Care forum and Southern Brooks Community Partnership are members as representatives of the voluntary and community sector. The public sector members are:
- Avon Fire and Rescue Service
- Avon Local Council Association
- Avon and Somerset Police
- South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group
- South Gloucestershire Council
- Town and Parish Councils who have adopted the Parish Charter.
The group aims to “Serve, represent, develop and promote the well being of local people and communities”. This is achieved by working to advance the principles of the South Gloucestershire Compact, managing the disputes process and developing best practice across and between sectors.
In November 2012 the Minister for Civil Society, Nick Hurd, MP, presented the South Gloucestershire Compact Implementation Group with the National Compact Award for Partnerships for its demonstrable commitment to the principles of the Compact and high levels of partnership working.
” We want to support communities to work together to make a real difference. The Compact Award winners show what can be achieved when people work well together in partnership,” Nick Hurd.
CVS South Gloucestershire www.cvs-sg.org.uk/south-gloucestershire-compact/