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Sue lowe policy manager east local intelligence team office for civil society cabinet office

Sue LowePolicy Manager (East)Local Intelligence Team Office for Civil Society - Cabinet Office

Funding East

Big Society

– where are we now?

Opportunities for communities


Big society is

“Creating a country which feels like a community...

...where our relationships are better and the glue that binds people together is stronger.

Where we actually think about people’s well-being when we make decisions”

“We know that when you give people and communities more power over their lives, more power to come together and work together to make life better – great things happen”

David Cameron

Big Society is...


To build a bigger and stronger society

“We believe that the country will be stronger if we as citizens have more power and responsibility to improve our own lives, the communities we share and the public services we use....

To encourage more people to get involved and work together to improve their communities....

The opportunity to influence the world around you, to feel connected, to be able to make a contribution, and to trust those around you – these are some of the most important contributors to our well-being...

This is the thread that runs from the idea of building a bigger and stronger society through our focus on well being and the idea that Ministers and commissioners should consider the full value and effect of the services they provide...

This is about building on the large amount of inspiring work already done by the Civil Society and communities across Britain and doing more to recognise the value of that work and encouraging and enabling more to happen.”

Nick Hurd, Minister for Civil Society, October 2011


Terminology

Is the ethos…

Doing everything at the lowest possible level and only involving central government if absolutely necessary

Localism

Is the process…

Decentralisation

Giving away power to individuals, professionals, communities and local institutions

Is the vision…

  • A society where people, neighbourhoods and communities have more power and responsibility and use it to create better services and outcomes.

Big Society


The strategic framework

Promoting Social Action

Encouraging and enabling people to play a more active part in society

The Strategic Framework

Opening up

Public Services

Enabling charities, social enterprises, private companies and employee-owned co-operatives to compete to offer people high quality services

Empowering Communities

Transferring power – giving local councils and neighbourhoods more power to take decisions and shape their area

Big Society - it’s a big idea; a whole approach to government – 3 core strands:


Big Society – So far...

  • Opening Public Services

Social Action






Social Action

Giving White Paper – May 2011


Community organisers
Community Organisers

  • Community Organisers Programme - Locality

  • A new home-grown movement of community organising for the 21st century, grown directly from the strengths, concerns and hopes of communities across the country

  • The programme will recruit and train 500 senior community organisers, along with a further 4,500 part-time voluntary organisers, over four years.

  • Training to become a community organiser, or to host a community organiser, register your interest by completing online form

  • 11 Kickstarter Areas – Keystone Development Trust (covering Cambridge/Suffolk and Norfolk) and Marsh Farm Outreach (Luton)

    www.locality.org.uk/projects/community-organisers/



Community first panel
Community First Panel

UNCLASSIFIED




Big society awards
Big Society Awards

Created to recognise individuals, groups or organisations that are demonstrating the Big Society in their work or activities.

The award focuses upon the three Big Society theme areas:

Promoting Social Action

Empowering Communities

Opening up public services

Next round closes on 12 December 2011

www.number10.gov.uk/take-part/recognising-others/big-society-awards-2






Local intelligence team east office of the civil society cabinet office
Local Intelligence Team (East), Office of the Civil Society, Cabinet Office

Sue Lowe

Policy Manager, Local Intelligence Team

Office for Civil Society, Cabinet Office

3rd Floor, Eastbrook, Shaftesbury Road,

Cambridge, CB2 8DF

07818 077266

[email protected]

For more information:

www.cabinetoffice.gov.uk

www.communities.gov.uk

www.number10.gov.uk/take-part/


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