Voluntary organisations - compact

What is the Derby Compact?

The Derby Compact was first developed in 2001 by Derby City Council in partnership with the local voluntary and community sector to bring about good relationships. It was produced following a national Compact between Government and the voluntary sector in 1998, when councils were urged to develop local agreements.

The Derby Compact is a way of working between the statutory and voluntary and community sector. It:

  • makes sure that there are fair and clear processes for accessing grants and contracts
  • promotes better relationships all round
  • is more of a partnership approach and will help to improve services.

Derby City Partnership has signed up on behalf of all partners in the statutory and voluntary and community sectors in the city.

What are the benefits of the Compact?

  • it promotes a shared vision
  • it addresses local challenges to secure the well-being of local communities
  • it involves local people in developing the vision, agreeing priorities and making decisions
  • it ensures that partners have good relationships
  • it provides clear rules and guidance to enable the sectors to have a better understanding of how they work
  • it builds real trust between partners
  • it promotes effective and genuine consultation processes.

What is the Derby Compact Forum?

The Derby Compact Forum was launched in November 2003. The purpose of this forum is to take forward the principles and commitments of the Compact and to make sure that they are delivered locally. Currently, the forum does not meet regularly, members of the forum identified that other joint meetings supported the ongoing joint work with the voluntary sector.

Any questions or issues about the Compact, please contact the Voluntary Sector Team.

Other Documents Supporting the Compact

In addition to the Compact, other documents outline the detail of how we will work with the voluntary sector, these include the:

  • Joint commissioning framework - establishes effective and transparent processes for involving the voluntary and community sector (VCS) in the planning, commissioning and delivery of public services through contracts and grants.
  • Grant Funding Procedure Rules - provides guidance and support for all council officers involved in the allocation and management of Council Grant Funding Programme.

Information on other websites

For the most up to date list of all the voluntary and community groups active in Derby and Derbyshire, visit the Community Directory Derbyshire website.


Contact details

Post address:
Voluntary Sector Team
The Council House
Corporation Street
Phone: 01332 642753
Minicom: 01332 640666
Voluntary Sector Team
The Council House
Corporation Street