New Realities: A can-do collaborative agreement for Sefton Council & Sefton’s Voluntary, Community and Faith sector.
“Local government and local communities are changing.
At the heart of the changes that are under way is a ‘re-imagining’ of local relationships, within which the development of new, better, more equal and more productive partnerships between local authorities and local communities is key”.
New Realities: A Partnership Story
Sefton Council and a Voluntary, Community and Faith sector working group led by Sefton CVS have worked together to produce a partnership agreement called New Realities. This agreement aims to establish an operational framework that strengthens working relationships between the local authority and the Voluntary, Community and Faith sector in the Borough, at both a strategic and operational level.
The initial work for the New Realities document commenced in August 2014 in response to a recognised need to adopt a common framework to capture best practice in working together. Building on the original Sefton Compact agreement, New Realities seeks to reflect the current relationships and opportunities to maximise resources and assets in a more concise and user-friendly format – helping to make Sefton a great place to be and to improve the health and wellbeing of everyone in our communities.
Sefton CVS ‘New Realities In Action’ Conference – October 2015
Sefton Council for Voluntary Service (CVS) Annual Conference focused on New Realities: A ‘can-do’ collaborative agreement for Sefton Council and Sefton’s Voluntary, Community & faith (VCF) sector. This agreement aims to establish an operational framework that strengthens working relationships between the local authority and the VCF sector in the Borough, at both a strategic and operational level. Click here for more information on New Realities.
The conference featured a number of workshops focusing on building successful partnerships and ‘can-do’ collaborative working , as well as a keynote speech from Dawn Austwick, CEO of Big Lottery Fund. Other speakers included Sefton CVS CEO Angela White and Councillor Trish Hardy, Cabinet Member for Communities and Housing.
For full details of the conference, please visit www.seftoncvs.org.uk/conference
Please see below for download links relating to New Realities, including the latest version of the document.
- New Realities Partnership Agreement
- Consultation Feedback Report
- Sefton Council Background document
- Case Study Template
If you experience any problems in downloading or reading New Realities, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0151 920 0726. This document is also available in alternative formats including large font, audio format and different languages.
Awards and Recognition
Community Impact Awards Winner: a new initiative that re-imagines local relationships.
New Realities is a project that re-imagines local relationships, developing better partnerships between local authorities and local communities to benefit all the residents of Sefton, Merseyside.
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Adult Learners Week Awards 2016 – Joint Winner (Integrated Working)
New Realities was recognised as a successful cross-sector partnership at the NHS Health Education England Adult Learners Week Awards 2016, and was awarded Joint Winner of the Integrated Working category.
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Please use the online form below to share case studies highlighting opportunities where working in partnership with Sefton MBC has led to a positive or negative outcome. All case studies submitted will be shared with the New Realities working group.
- The Opportunity – Please provide a summary of the opportunity, the groups(s) and individuals involved. Was this an opportunity to expand or improve a service or facilities? Was this in response to an identified need or gap in service provision?
- The Challenge – What kind of barriers did you face during this process? What issues did you have to overcome to achieve the desired outcome?
- The Outcome – What were the outcomes and how did this impact the service users, group(s)? Has this led to an overall improvement? Were the outcomes positive or negative? Are these outcomes mutually beneficial?
- The Learning – On reflection, what could have been improved throughout the process? What lessons can be learnt in addressing similar cases in the future?