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Council and partners pick up national award

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Published: 19/11/2012

The Local Partnership Award was presented to members of the South Gloucestershire Compact Implementation Group (CIG) at the 2012 Compact Awards.

South Gloucestershire’s CIG includes Avon Fire and Rescue Service, Avon and Somerset Constabulary, CVS South Gloucestershire, NHS South Gloucestershire, South Gloucestershire Council, Southern Brooks Community Partnership and The Care Forum.

Compact Awards celebrate and showcase the most outstanding examples of partnership working between public organisations and the voluntary and community sectors. The accolade was given in recognition of “outstanding commitment to the Compact, with demonstrable on-going outcomes and improvements delivered for communities”.

The Social Value Act, legislation which comes into force next year, encourages public authorities to look at the economic, social and environmental wellbeing in connection with awarding public services contracts. The Compact Award judges were particularly impressed with the way the council is working with the voluntary sector to try to build social value into its procurement processes. Announcing the winners, Nick Hurd MP, Minister for Civil Society, said: “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 in partnership.”

Cllr Heather Goddard, lead member for Partnerships at South Gloucestershire Council, said: “We are delighted that the work of the partnership has been recognised for a national award. Areas we were praised for locally include the way we have continued to support the voluntary sector during a time of financial pressure placed on all local authorities. We will continue to work with this important sector which does so much to enrich our local communities.”

Helen Black, Chief Officer of CVS South Gloucestershire and Vice-Chair of the Compact Implementation Group, said: “We are delighted to receive this award, which is recognition of the commitment by South Gloucestershire Council and its partners to work together to try to build a strong voluntary and community sector in South Gloucestershire.”

The awards ceremony was held at Central Hall, Westminster on 7 November. For more information on the Compact Awards visit

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