Last night (4 November) at the National Compact Awards in London John Dwyer, Police & Crime Commissioner for Cheshire was announced as the winner of the Compact Leadership Award.
The national award, which recognises outstanding leadership which has led to improved support for partnership across the voluntary and community sector (VCS), is a culmination of the Commissioner’s wide ranging work across the sector since coming into office.
Since 2012, John Dwyer has shown a strong commitment to working with the voluntary and community sector across Cheshire. Building on a strong foundation, the Commissioner has developed relationships with associations and organisations across the county and provided leadership and commitment to the long terms sustainability of the sector.
Over £1.7million investment into the sector has been made by Mr Dwyer so far.
As a result, the capacity within the local voluntary sector to respond to commissioning opportunities has improved; a Compact agreement to ensure that the local sector can play a key role and is valued in providing solutions to crime, community safety and support for victims has been secured, and funding for vital for essential work such as support for survivors of rape and sexual assault has been provided. This is in addition to hundreds of thousands of pounds being invested in all areas of Cheshire into smaller crime prevention projects and grass-roots schemes such as participatory budgeting.
Reflecting upon the award Mr Dwyer said: “Working closely with our partners in the voluntary and community sector enables us to maximise resources and knowledge making us more effective and efficient. It enables me to fulfil my commitments to victims and reduce crime by developing pioneering partnership led initiatives.
“The current financial environment is clearly a challenge but innovative ideas and working together to share knowledge, develop solutions and deliver the best outcomes for our communities means that Cheshire has a police area and a voluntary and community sector to be reckoned with.”
Sally Yeoman, Chief Executive Officer for Halton and St Helens VCA said: “We are delighted that John Dwyer has won a National Compact Award. John has demonstrated both leadership and insight by seeing the voluntary and community sector in Cheshire as a key partner in keeping Cheshire safe and has taken active steps to make that happen. It is a great recognition of the way he is working with us all.”
Leading the way, John Dwyer has ensured all sectors are continuing to work together to the best of their abilities to provide vital services to Cheshire residents and businesses.