Still Below the Radar?. Community groups and activities in a Big Society MMU: International Anthony Burgess Foundation Angus McCabe 28 th October 2011. THIS SESSION. What is ‘below the radar’? Current policy: all change or continuity? Responses to the ‘new’ policy agenda
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Community groups and activities in a Big Society
MMU: International Anthony Burgess Foundation
28th October 2011
Drawing on the literature review:
Are community based/BTR groups distinctive/different?
A ‘sector’ or diverse sectors?
Charity deserts or ‘oases of activity’: mapping community activity below the radar
Communities lack capacity; learning, skills and knowledge in BTR groups
Who/what do we know least about?
The term ‘below the radar’: a deficit model of community activity?
Why map/micro map? A diversion or a central activity?
Expectations and contradictions: for every truth there is and equal and opposite truth
“You can call it liberalism. You can call it empowerment, you can call it freedom, you can call it responsibility. I call it the Big Society” (Prime Minister David Cameron: 19th July 2010).
Increased role in (public) service delivery: youth and enterprise
More ‘active citizens’: from grey hair to brown?
Reconnecting the democratic process
A ‘bastion’ mitigating the effects of globalisation
Demons or Debtors?
Communities in crisis/feral youth?
Closing and claiming spaces and places?
Youth services or services for youth?
The continued separation of youth and community?
The profile of active citizens…..the long term implications of demonisation and debt?