The government has announced the selected partner who will deliver and train up to 5,000 Community Organisers.
Minister for the Cabinet Office Francis Maude and Minister for Civil Society Nick Hurd have unveiled a new strategy to grow the social investment market giving charities and social enterprises access to new, potentially multi-billion pound, capital.
A renewed Compact - the agreement which governs relations between the Government and civil society organisations in England - has been published today.
A £100 million Transition Fund for the third sector has opened for applications.
Minister for Civil Society Nick Hurd has visited local community groups in Sheffield to see first hand the work they do delivering public services.
Twelve groups from around the country have been selected to run the first National Citizen Service pilot projects.
Francis Maude and Nick Hurd have written to the voluntary, community and social enterprise sectors asking them to contribute their ideas to help reduce the deficit.
The second wave of the National Survey of Charities and Social Enterprises has been launched giving charities, social enterprises and voluntary and community groups an opportunity to have their voices heard.
Prime Minister David Cameron has announced plans to provide National Citizen Service pilots for 16-year-olds next summer.
Lord Hodgson will lead a new taskforce to flush out bureaucracy in the voluntary sector, the Government has announced.