VAL shortlisted for Compact Award

David Smith, on secondment to the Police and Crime Commissioner, attended the award ceremony in London last Wednesday.

Voluntary Action Leeds and West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner have been shortlisted for a national Compact award. These awards are held annually, organised jointly by Compact Voice and the Cabinet Office. They celebrate achievement in collaboration between the public and third sectors.

VAL was nominated for its trailblazing work with the PCC prior to and following his election in November 2012. As a result the refreshed Police and Crime Plan has been heavily influenced by the sector and is peppered with references to its current and potential future role in making communities safer. The approach taken to commissioning has maximised opportunities for the sector, especially through robust equality impact assessments. A one million pound per annum grants programme for community groups has been launched, and its third round had a focus on equality and diversity. The sector has taken a leading role in the development of thinking about services designed to meet outcomes, and the PCC is on record that the sector is very well placed to play a bigger role in delivery. The sector has given a voice to survivors and victims in the commissioning of services.

VAL and the OPCC were not successful in winning the category in which they were nominated, but the work has been nationally recognized alongside that undertake by the Avon and Somerset PCC and Clinks. David Smith has been asked to take part in an online Q&A organized by NCVO.

David Smith said:

There is a wealth of good work between done by the public and third sector in partnership in West Yorkshire, which wasn't fully represented in the nominations for these awards. I would encourage others to think about making nominations from West Yorkshire for the 2015 awards.