Are you a voluntary or community group working in Portsmouth? Or do you work with voluntary and community groups in Portsmouth?

Then you need to know about the Portsmouth Compact.

What is the Portsmouth Compact?

It is way of working that can help deliver real outcomes and improvements for people and communities. It is not a set of rules but a framework for ensuring good practice between the local statutory sector (Portsmouth City Council and the Clinical Commissioning Group) and the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector so that we can all work more effectively to strengthen communities and improve people’s lives.

The Portsmouth Compact is based on the national Compact which is an agreement between the government and the voluntary and community sector. It was first established in 1998 and now operates in almost every English local authority area.

Key principles and commitments

The key principles are:

  • a strong, diverse and independent civil society
  • Effective and transparent design and development of policies, programmes and public services.
  • Responsive and high-quality programmes and services.
  • Clear arrangements for managing change.
  • An equal and fair society.

The Compact also outlines the commitments expected from the public, voluntary and community sectors in order to ensure positive working relationships.

These are:

  • Involvement in Policy Development.
  • Allocating Resources
  • Advancing Equality

What's in it for you?

By signing up to the Compact, your organisation will be demonstrating its commitment to co-operative working and strengthening relationships. The Compact provides a way of working across the sectors which should underpin everything we do together, both now and in the future. It also outlines a dispute resolution procedure when partners cannot resolve differences.

If you are interested

For more information, please visit the Action Portsmouth website.

Following the revision and re-launch of the Portsmouth Compact a Providers Network has been set up to maintain and develop the commissioning relationship with existing or potential new providers of services from the voluntary sector. This Network will be facilitated by PCC Integrated Commissioning Unit and feed into the Compact review group.

The network holds four themed meetings a year, for commissioners and for organisations who contract/could contract with the council. The focus of the network is around:

  • Relationship development
  • Disseminating information about Policy and information and ongoing implications
  • To develop understanding of commissioning process and plans
  • On-going engagement
  • Develop the Commissioning and Funding Framework for the Voluntary and Community Sector

The first meeting of the Network was held in July 2014, when the focus of the meeting was the Better Care Fund. Further meetings have focussed on the delivery of preventative services and priorities for the city,

Additional workshops will be facilitated in response to demand and this recently included the subject of procurement followed up with a worked through tender case study.

If you would like to attend the meeting, please contact: voluntary.sector@portsmouthcc.gov.uk

The Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS) Commissioning and Funding Framework has been developed by the Integrated Commissioning Unit.

The framework has been developed with a view to provide an opportunity to look at areas where the Council and CCG can re-model or transform services or develop new services with the VCS which can deliver our priorities and also achieve savings in areas that are under great pressure.

The framework aims to provide clarity to VCS colleagues as to what our expectations and plans around various service areas are in the current economic climate and where we see potential for a key role for VCS organisations.

The framework will be supported by commissioning intentions which are currently being progressed by service areas and will be shared and developed with the Providers Network as part of our on-going work.  This framework has been presented to Portsmouth City Council Cabinet and the Health and Well-Being Board who have given their support to this work.

You can read a copy of the framework below.

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