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Sue Lowe Policy Manager (East) Local Intelligence Team Office for Civil Society - Cabinet Office. Funding East Big Society – where are we now? Opportunities for communities. “Creating a country which feels like a community...
– where are we now?
Opportunities for communities
...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”
“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
Is the ethos…
Doing everything at the lowest possible level and only involving central government if absolutely necessary
Is the process…
Giving away power to individuals, professionals, communities and local institutions
Is the vision…
Encouraging and enabling people to play a more active part in society
Enabling charities, social enterprises, private companies and employee-owned co-operatives to compete to offer people high quality services
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:
Giving White Paper – May 2011
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
Opening up public services
Next round closes on 12 December 2011
Policy Manager, Local Intelligence Team
Office for Civil Society, Cabinet Office
3rd Floor, Eastbrook, Shaftesbury Road,
Cambridge, CB2 8DF
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