Civil Society

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 does it mean 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…

#LocalCharitiesDay: How TSB is helping local communities

George Gordon

, December 13, 2018 — Civil Society

Director of Corporate Affairs, TSB

As a community Bank, with a brand rooted in helping local people for more than 200 years, TSB understands the crucial role that local charities play in communities up and down the country. Since last September, Partners in our branches have raised over £575,000 for the 450 local charities they support. That’s why on Friday…

#LocalCharitiesDay: Home-Start South Leicestershire

Stella Renwick

, — Civil Society

Home-Start South Leicestershire, Charity Development Manager

Home-Start South Leicestershire has been helping local families in difficulties across the large rural District of Harborough for over 34 years. We offer a particular brand of bespoke, non-judgemental support with a significant amount of help coming from a large team of local befriending volunteers, which has proven so effective with families because, as one…