Tuesday, 29 May 2007
The aim behind Thurrock's Compact is to recognise that no one organisation can fully meet the needs of our communites, and that Thurrock's diverse voluntary, community and faith organisations have a valubale role to play alongside public agencies.
Launched in December 2006 the Compact will look at how the different groups work together: the Council, the Thurrock Thames Gateway Development Corporation, the South West Essex Primary Care Trust, Voluntary and Community Organisations and Faith Groups. Thurrock CVS undertood much of the work needed to reresh the Compact and to produce an action related strategy. At the start of this year, the Compact Monitoring Group was created to put forward the Compact action plan, which is divided into six keys areas, or codes:
1.Consultation, Involvement and Engagement - many voices speaking as one.
2.Partnership - pulling together for the good of all.
3.Resourcing, Procurement and Commissioning - balance resources with needs.
4.Equalities and Diversity - enjoying what is common but respecting what is different.
5.Volunteering - recognising the contribution of people who give their time freely to community action.
6.Community Groups - hearing the voice of the community.
Two free workshops have been arranged by the Thurrock Compact Monitoring Group for those involved with voluntary, community or faith groups with public sector workers to look at the Compact and further develop the codes.
They are planned for Thursday June 7th 12.30- 2 at the Civic Offices and Thursday 14th June 6.30- 8.00pm at The Beehive Voluntary and Community Resource Centre, Grays. For more information, or to book a place, please contact Lynn Gittins on 01375 413955.
"Thurrock is a rapidly changing borough," said Councillor Sue MacPherson, Cabinet Member for community involvement.
"Thurrock has an increasing number of ways for people to get involved through networks of voluntary sector organisations, community forums and faith groups plus public agencies including the Council. There are opportunites for all to contribute their ideas on policy and services, and we are keen to promote the Compact and 'Principles of Community Engagement' to make sure that people feel their voice is valued. The role of the Compact is to ensure that these different groups work together to benefit everyone.
"The Compact will support new and existing communities as they grow and help to remove barriers to encourage the growth of the voluntary, community and faith sectors."
For more information or to book a place, please contact Lynn Gittins on 01375 413955.