At the end of February the Government announced an engagement exercise to tease out how government can work with and for civil society to tackle challenges and unlock opportunities to build a stronger society now and in the future. The consultation ends on 22nd May.
In its broadest sense civil society supports the most vulnerable and disadvantaged people in society and includes the work of charities, community groups and businesses helping good causes.
In esssnce the Government wants you to tell it what is working well, and what government can do to strengthen it furtherspecifically to 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
The exercise is set out in the form of questions with open text boxes and is split into four broad areas.
Our Civil Society
This section is about the big questions of what civil society is, how it is working well and what needs to change to strengthen it further. It also explores how public trust in civil society can be strengthened, and how we can ensure a strong role and voice for civil society in developing government policy and practice.
This section explores how more people can be supported to play an active role in building a stronger society. This can be through social action, which includes anything from simple acts of neighbourliness through to charitable giving, volunteering, community asset ownership, civic engagement or running groups or organisations with a social mission. This section includes general questions on how to enable more people to take action on issues that matter to them and questions on how to enable more young people in particular to participate.
This section explores the best ways to work in partnership across sectors. We are particularly interested in unlocking the full potential of the private sector and public sector institutions (including local government, town and parish councils) to work with civil society to create social good and have a positive impact across society. This section includes general questions on working in partnership and particular questions on youth provision, the funding and financing environment, new investment models and responsible business.
This section explores how to enable more people, service providers, voluntary and community organisations, businesses (including social enterprises) and public sector institutions to work together to make the places they care about brilliant places to live and work in. In particular we are interested in exploring how to build stronger, more resilient communities and how to build stronger local public services. This section includes questions on devolution, localism, and public service mutual.
The website has several useful toolkits to help you think through your comments and ideas. We would encourage you to consider how you might contribute to the conversation. If you are planning to respond or have done so already please share it with us as Community Southwark would like to pull together a broader response with a local flavour. Contact Steve Smith by email or call 020 7358 7017