The East Sussex Compact, launched in October 2003, is a written understanding between the public and the Voluntary and Community Sectors which sets out a number of commitments about how the two sectors work together. The aim is to develop a trusting, understanding and respectful relationship between the sectors.


There are six codes of practice which cover specific areas:

  • Funding and procurement
  • Consultation and policy
  • Community groups
  • Volunteering
  • Black and minority ethnic groups
  • Partnerships

Over 40 organisations across East Sussex have signed up to the Compact and we would encourage all our members to consider whether becoming a signatory would benefit their organization. There are over 50 Compact Champions in East Sussex who work to raise awareness, support organizations becoming signatories, and can support organizations who feel there has been a breach.


For more information about signing up or becoming a Champion, please contact Jenny Watson at  or 01323 639 373.


For more information about the East Sussex Compact and all related documents, please visit A Compact for East Sussex.


Has the Compact been breached by signatory?

If you have concerns that a signatory has breached any of the commitments laid out in the East Sussex Compact, please get in touch. We will be more than happy to have an informal chat about your concerns and to help you decide what the best course of action may be. Please contact Jenny Watson, Development and Representation Manager, at  or 01323 639 373.


National Compact Award 2012 for East Sussex

The award is made to the group or individual who has used the principles of the Compact to challenge, improve, or develop creative solutions to emerging issues or challenges. The award recognises the impact that the East Sussex Compact had on the development and delivery of the Commissioning Grants Prospectus.


The Commissioning Grants Prospectus is how East Sussex County Council and the local NHS commission services that have the added value of building social capital which is traditionally provided by voluntary and community organisations. The Prospectus publishes commissioning outcomes to improve the health, social care and well-being of local people, offering investment in one place, through a single annual exercise.