The Oxfordshire Compact is a set of guidelines and principles which supports good practice, better and effective working relationships between public authorities and the voluntary, community and faith sectors.
Oxfordshire Stronger Communities Alliance is the steering group for the Oxfordshire Compact and oversees work to develop the guidelines, known as 'codes'.
The five codes are:
- Funding code (completed)
- Consultation code (completed)
- Equality and diversity code (completed)
- Volunteering code (to be developed)
- Community groups (to be developed)
The Compact document and the codes of practice set out commitments that signatories to it have agreed to. It can assist discussions and negotiations on relationships and working between public authorities and voluntary, community and faith sector organisations.
Public authorities signed up to the Compact include the county council, city, districts, NHS/ PCT and Thames Valley Police.
If you are a voluntary, community or faith organisation/ group and would like to find out more about the Compact and how it relates to your work - or to become a signatory - please contact the OCVA Strategic Partnerships Manager.
- Oxfordshire Compact (.pdf format, 530 Kb)
A partnership agreement between statutory agencies and voluntary, community and faith organisations in Oxfordshire. It aims to improve and sustain better working relationships between the partners.
- Funding code (.pdf format, 80 Kb)
A code of practice/protocol that defines clear arrangements for the allocation of funding by statutory bodies.
- Consultation and policy appraisal code (.pdf format, 59 Kb)
Sets out ways in which statutory agencies and voluntary and community sector organisations should consult with one another.
- Mediation process (.pdf format, 25 Kb)
Protocol which sets out a procedure for dealing with problems involving the application of the Compact or its principles.
- List of Oxfordshire Compact signatories (.pdf format, 11 Kb)
A list of statutory and voluntary, community and faith organisations in Oxfordshire who have signed up to the Compact and its codes/protocols of good working practice.
- Equality and diversity code (.pdf format, 188 Kb)
Code of good practice to promote the inclusion of groups and organisations that have in the past been under-represented or excluded.
- Best value statutory guidance (.pdf format, 114 Kb)
Best value guidance setting out clear expectations for councils considering changing funding to local voluntary and community groups and small businesses.