John Dwyer, Police & Crime Commissioner for Cheshire held an event to develop a compact agreement with the voluntary sector about how they can work together.
John Dwyer said, "The voluntary sector is hugely important to me. There are opportunities for us to work closely together, both on a day to day basis in the delivery of local services and in the bigger picture when I look at how to commission services in the future. I held this event to develop an agreement to define how we can work together and was delighted with the involvement and positive attitude of the people present."
Cath Cook from Compact Voice who spoke at the event said, "This is a great first step in developing an agreement with the voluntary sector and I believe that John is the first Commissioner to go down this route of following the Government model of developing a formal compact agreement. The process of developing the agreement in itself can be beneficial as it builds relationships and people learn from each other along the way.
A Compact agreement between the Government and the voluntary sector has been in place for 15 years, and local agreements have been reached between other public services and the sector. I encourage the Commissioner to work with those areas in Cheshire where Compacts are already in existence to share good practices and set an example for other areas.
Police & Crime Commissioners have it within their gift to commission services from the sector and so it is important that a mutually agreed document is in place to benefit both sides of the party."
More information can be obtained from www.compactvoice.org.uk