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The Compact for Rotherham and its shared principles and commitments have been renewed download the latest version here or by clicking the icon below

What is the Compact?

The Compact is the agreement between government and the voluntary and community sector (often referred to as civil society), which sets out a way of working that improves their relationship for mutual advantage. It considers areas such as involvement in policy design, service design and delivery, funding arrangements, promoting equality and strengthening independence.

The Compact has existed since 1998. The latest version of the Compact (often referred to as the renewed Compact) was published in December 2010, and reflects policy developments resulting from the change of government.

An Accountability and Transparency Guide, which outlines steps you can take at national and local level if Compact principles have been breached, accompanies the national Compact. These steps include dispute resolution, internal complaints procedures and ombudsmen functions.

As well as the national Compact, most areas in England also have a local Compact, developed to reflect local need. Local Compacts may cover different local government bodies, and can span district, county or regional areas.

Who is responsible for overseeing the national Compact?

The Compact is overseen nationally by two organisations. Compact Voice represents the voluntary and community sector on the Compact.

Compact Voice is a co-signatory on the national Compact, and negotiated its content on behalf of the voluntary and community sector, based on the views and opinions of their members.

The Compact is supported across government by the Office for Civil Society, which is led by Nick Hurd MP, the Minister for Civil Society.

The Office for Civil Society is based within the Cabinet Office.

Nick Hurd MP is one of the co-signatories on the national Compact, along with the Prime Minister Rt Hon David Cameron MP and Rt Hon Nick Clegg MP, the Deputy Prime Minister.

Every government department is signed up to the Compact.

What does it offer?

The Compact offers improved funding processes, clear consultation standards, enforceable rights, and an overall improvement in working relationships.

Don’t wait until things go wrong before using it. Take it to meetings, use it as a partnership tool and draw on it to improve funding relationships.

Strengthening your independence

The Compact safeguards the sector’s independence, including its right within the law to campaign and challenge Government policy and the right to manage its own affairs without undue interference.

An independent sector is vital for a healthy society but we often need to do more to ensure funding and relationships do not compromise our mission and values.

It’s crucial that the Sector’s voice is heard through fearless but responsible campaigning. Groups should also challenge attempts by funders to appoint themselves to Trustee boards or impose restrictive funding conditions and monitoring procedures.

Fair funding and good consultation

The Compact means fair and effective funding and commissioning processes, and for the sector to be involved in designing services. Funding should be allocated on a full cost recovery basis, for three or more years, with proportionate monitoring, a fair balance of risk and three months’ notice and reasons given when funding ends.

The Compact also sets standards for government to conduct proper consultations which are clearly defined, open and meaningful, and allow at least twelve weeks for responses and giving feedback.


To find out more about the Compact in Rotherham please contact Shafiq Hussain on 01709 829821 or

Some useful links:

Here are some early warning signs that you should be aware of that can suggest something may be harming your mental health. These can be one or a number of the following:

  • mood swings or constantly feeling low

  • lack of care for personal appearance or personal responsibilities

  • increased use of alcohol or drugs

  • thinking life is not worth living

  • losing interest in things you used to enjoy

  • withdrawing from social activities and spending less time with friends and family

  • disturbed sleep, either not getting enough or sleeping too much

  • eating less than normal or overeating, perhaps losing or gaining weight

  • feeling irritable, over-sensitive or aggressive

  • having difficulty concentrating or remembering things

  • experiencing recurring physical symptoms such as aches and pains or other unexplained illnesses

  • a drop in work performance

  • doing things that don’t make sense to others

  • hearing or seeing things that no one else can hear or see

If you can relate to any of these warning signs, it’s important that you seek help. Talk to a friend or a family member and speak to your GP about support services available to you.

In 2008, the New Economics Foundation identified the key things that contribute to wellbeing.  Similar to the concept of eating 5-a-day, the 5 Ways to Wellbeing focuses on mental health and the steps we can all take to protect, maintain and improve our mental wellbeing.  The 5 Ways to Wellbeing have been developed by individual organisations over the years, however, they still follow the same principles:

  1. Be active

  2. Connect

  3. Give

  4. Keep learning

  5. Take notice

Further information on the principles – and the activities you may want to consider – is available on the NHS and Rotherham Council websites:

RotherHive is a dedicated website which provides a range of verified practical mental health and wellbeing information, support and advice for adults in Rotherham.

Developed by NHS Rotherham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), RotherHive has practical tips, national, local and online services, organisations and groups that adults in Rotherham can access for expert advice to help you look after your mental health and wellbeing.  It covers areas such as (this list is not exhaustive):

  • Mental Health, including around COVID-19

  • Bereavement

  • Carers

  • Depression, anxiety and stress

  • Domestic abuse

  • Alcohol and drugs

  • Gambling

  • Homelessness

  • Suicide prevention

Further information on the principles – and the activities you may want to consider – is available on the NHS and Rotherham Council websites:

If you need immediate help regarding your wellbeing or mental health, the following services are available:


If you are in a life-threatening medical or mental health emergency (when someone is seriously ill or injured and their life is at risk), you should phone the emergency services and ask for an ambulance and potentially the police.

If you are not sure what to do, NHS111 can help – they will ask questions about your symptoms so you get the help you need.

You can contact emergency services via SMS if you are deaf, hearing impaired or have a speech impediment.  You will need to register your phone to use this service ( ).


SHOUT provides FREE, confidential crisis text support for anyone needing immediate assistance.  Text “SHOUT” to 85258 or visit the SHOUT crisis text line website ( ).


Samaritans offer FREE 24-hour, 365 days a year listening support on 116 123 or email:  For further information, visit:

Rotherham 24/7 Crisis Helpline

Rotherham’s dedicated 24/7 crisis helpline supports those who need urgent help regarding their mental health.  Calls are FREE on 0800 652 9571.

Anyone who is unable to use a standard telephone line can use their text service on 0794 603610.

GP support

Mental health services are free on the NHS but in some cases you will need a referral from your GP to access them.  Whilst the pandemic has brought with it pressure on GP services, the NHS remains ‘open for business’ and contacting your GP surgery is a useful first step regarding your physical and mental wellbeing.  Your GP will be able to signpost you to mental health services as appropriate.


If you need help but are not at risk of death, serious illness or imminent harm then you can access NHS111 non-emergency advice online at  You should only call 111 if you cannot get help online.

If you’re deaf or hearing impaired you can use the NHS111 British Sign Language (BSL) service:

Rotherham and Barnsley Mind

Rotherham and Barnsley Mind is an independent local provider of mental health services in Rotherham, Barnsley and its surrounding areas.  Rotherham and Barnsley Mind can be contacted on 01709 919929 or 01226 211188 or email:

For further information please visit:

Rotherham Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) Team

The Rotherham IAPT Team provides help to adults who are experiencing common mental health problems including Depression, Stress and Anxiety by offering a range of talking therapies.  Referrals are generally through an individual’s GP.  For further information, please visit:


Mind is a mental health charity that provides advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem.  It campaigns to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding of mental health.  For further information, please visit:

Mind can be contacted on 0300 123 3393 (calls charged at local rates from a UK landline, charges from mobile phones vary depending on provider).  Mind can alos be contacted at:

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