Civil Society

“Volunteering changed my life” – Charli’s Story

Charli Clement

Charli Clement, February 13, 2020 — Civil Society

#iWill Ambassador

To mark Student Volunteering Week, we talk to Charli Clement, 19, from Birmingham, who found the answer to her teenage isolation and lack of confidence in becoming a Scout Leader.When I was 15, I ended up in a mental health unit for a couple of months and it was really rough. When I finally came…

Time to talk day 2020: Help me, I’m fine

Helen Cousin

Helen Cousin, February 6, 2020 — Civil Society

Founder of help me, im fine

Points of Light winner Helen Cousin shares her story about setting up a charity supporting children to talk about their feelings.Help me, I’m fine was created in June 2017 after our lives change forever when our beautiful 16-year-old daughter, Maisie, took her own life. We had no idea that our funny, bright, caring girl was…

Encouraging conversations about loneliness

Baroness Diana Barran

Baroness Diana Barran, October 15, 2019 — Civil Society

Minister for Civil Society

One year ago we launched the government’s first ever loneliness strategy, following recommendations from the Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness. It set out almost 60 new commitments from nine government departments, marking a shift in the way we see and act on loneliness, both within government and in society more broadly.In the strategy we committed…

What it means to be a public service mutual: In Conversation

Charlie Morgan

Charlie Morgan, October 11, 2019 — Civil Society

Policy Adviser, Government Inclusive Economy Unit

What is a Public Service Mutual, and what does ‘spinning out’ consist of? What does it really mean to be employee owned, and what has it all got to do with public services? Public Service Mutuals can seem confusing even to those who have heard of them before, so what better place to start than…

Have your say on #OurCivilSociety

Baroness Diana Barran

Baroness Diana Barran, October 4, 2019 — Civil Society

Minister for Civil Society

Our Civil Society represents the best of us. From supporting the most vulnerable and disadvantaged, to the work of community groups, charities and businesses that are committed to social good, the work of the civil society is woven into the fabric of our society. From the community group helping people who are experiencing loneliness to…

The power of your voice – International Youth Day 2019

Harry Twohig

, August 12, 2019 — Civil Society

Since February this year, I have been privileged to be involved in the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport’s Youth Steering Group, led by the British Youth Council. So far, this group has worked with Policy Lab to understand the policy making processes within government, with the ultimate goal of developing a digital solution to…

International Youth Day 2019

About International Youth DayThe aim of International Youth Day 2019 is to ‘examine how Governments, young people and youth-led and youth-focused organisations, as well as other stakeholders, are transforming education’. Youth CharterHere at DCMS, the Youth Steering Group was formed to help get young people’s voices heard and involve them in policy making across government. Led…

Employee Owned Association Day: Community Dental Service

Brigit Parker

Brigit Parker, June 28, 2019 — Civil Society

Head of Communications & Marketing at CDS

Public Service Mutuals have been recognised for their strong emphasis on employee engagement, influence or control. Many mutuals belong to a wider community of Employee-Owned businesses and social enterprises. Each year, the Employee Ownership Association (EOA) hosts awards to recognise the incredible efforts of these businesses around the country. To mark EO Day 2019, the Community…

A year in the role as the VCSE Crown Representative

Claire Dove

, June 7, 2019 — Civil Society

VCSE Crown Representative

It was just over a year ago that I took up my role as VCSE (Voluntary, Community, and Social Enterprise) Crown Representative. It’s been an incredibly busy but rewarding year, and I have met with so many impressive individuals and organisations along the way, seeing first hand the vibrancy, success, and potential of these sectors.It’s…

#LocalCharitiesDay: The Lewis Foundation

Lorraine Lewis

, December 14, 2018 — Civil Society

Founder & CEO - The Lewis Foundation

Our storyIn 2010, Janice Lewis, Lee’s mum, was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma cancer and Northampton hospital for the next four years became our lives. We quickly identified what a tough time it was for people – financially, physically and emotionally. We also saw the loneliness people experienced outside visiting hours and also for those who had no…