Civil Society Strategy & Civil Society Futures

The Government is consulting on a new Strategy for Civil Society until 22nd May.

They say:

“From supporting the most vulnerable and disadvantaged people in society to the work of charities, community groups and businesses helping good causes, civil society is part of the fabric of our society.

We want to have an open conversation about civil society, what is working well, and what government can do to strengthen it further. If you want to help create a stronger civil society, we want you to share your ideas on how government can work with and support civil society to:

  • support people – including young people – to play an active role in building a stronger society
  • unlock the full potential of the private and public sectors to support social good
  • help improve communities to make them better places to live and work in
  • build stronger public services”

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Additionally, an Independent inquiry called Civil Society Futures has been set up to address how English civil society can flourish in a fast changing world;

“Through community events, academic research and online debate, Civil Society Futures will create a space for a much needed conversation among those involved in all forms of civic action – from informal networks to vast charities, Facebook groups to faith groups. Considering how both the nature of civil society and the context it exists in are changing fast, we will investigate how to maximise the positive effects of civic action and provide a guide to how to release its potential to drive positive change.”

The inquiry wishes to hear about your group’s experience. They say “ Are you struggling to have power over the things that matter to you? We will be doing more to involve communities from Newcastle to Peckham to Penzance, people who are disabled, LGBTQI+ and others — whoever you are, we want to hear your story too.”

Join in the conversation on twitter @Civsocfutures and #civilsocietyfutures