Warrington Voluntary Action. Engaging People. Empowering Communities.

The Local Compact for Warrington - Shared Principles

Organisations who have signed up to the Local Compact will:


  1. Work together for the benefit of Warrington residents.
  2. Recognise that voluntary activity is essential and is a response to community need lying at the heart of a healthy society.
  3. Ensure that the independent nature of the third sector is fully recognised. 
  4. Recognise that third sector organisations have different roles, but acknowledge that there is more to be gained from working towards a common aim, rather than working separately.
  5. Recognise the importance of equality of opportunity and the value of diversity and ensure social inclusion across all sectors.  
  6. Promote an open and honest relationship between sectors, recognising both the common and respective challenges each face.
  7. Understand that by consulting with the third sector and involving all stakeholders ensures that new polices and services will help provide solutions to meet local need and address challenges.
  8. Recognise that third sector organisations make a valuable contribution to the social, economic and environmental wellbeing of Warrington.
  9. Acknowledge that campaigning and advocacy is a key role for the third sector, and ensure the sector has a right to speak up and have a strong role to play in shaping policy. 
  10. Recognise that the public sector needs to allocate resources to the third sector, including funding, advice and capacity building.
  11. Agree that the third sector should endeavour to develop new and innovative ways of working, to fill gaps and meet local demand.
  12. Take full account of the Compact commitments when considering commissioning and procuring services from the third sector.
  13. Wherever possible, funding should be paid in advance, and all payments made promptly on agreed dates. Equally, groups need to report on spending and service delivery.
  14. Understand that services can be best provided by a variety of third, public and private initiatives that build on respective strengths and complement each other.
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