Category Archives: 6 Improving communications

Defra responds to the public’s comments on the Coalition Programme

The Coalition: Our Programme for Government was opened to public comment on 20 May 2010.  Defra’s response to the public comments on the section on environment, food and rural affairs was published on 30 July 2010, and can be found half way down this page.  The three main areas commented on were hunting with dogs, [...]

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National Parks Week

This week (from Monday 26 July to Sunday 1 August) is National Parks Week! The wild open spaces of the UK’s National Parks have long inspired artists, musicians and writers and National Parks Week will celebrate some of these cultural heroes with a programme of fun filled events. There are all kinds of adventures to enjoy [...]

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SDC report published: the Future is Local

The Sustainable Development Commission (SDC) has finalised an in-depth study into improving the sustainability of existing neighbourhoods and has published the report “The Future is Local: Empowering communities to improve their neighbourhoods”. The report is the culmination of a year’s work, reviewing over 80 inspirational case studies; working with 50 experts from the fields of [...]

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State of the countryside 2010 report now available for download

The Commission for Rural Communities has today published the ‘State of the Countryside 2010′ report.  The report provides an up to date picture of rural England, with evidence of the circumstances of people living and working in rural areas drawn from analysis using the latest official statistics. From the website: The report provides a comprehensive [...]

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Calling all Defra and Civil Society employees: work shadowing opportunities!

A Day in the Life is a work shadowing initiative that provides a unique opportunity for staff in central government and the voluntary and community sectors to step into each other’s shoes for a day and learn about how the ‘other side’ operates. The scheme is open to all interested people in voluntary and community [...]

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Goodbye and good luck Simon!

Many of you will have come to know Simon Berry, leader of Defra’s Third Sector Team, through this blog over the last year and a bit. Well all good things must come to end and, sadly for us, Simon is leaving Defra to pursue an exciting new challenge. Simon joined Defra in October 2008 on [...]

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‘The Moment for Mutualism’ published

HM Government today announced the publication of a new report entitled ‘the Moment for Mutualism’. The report recognises that over the past two years confidence in some of the longstanding financial institutions has been significantly undermined and there is widespread feeling that organisations and leaders have lost touch with the people they serve.  People want more control and not [...]

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Defra publishes its third Sustainable Development Action Plan

Defra has published its third Sustainable Development Action Plan (SDAP), which sets out the actions that Defra will take until March 2011. Government has made it clear that the public sector needs to demonstrate leadership on Sustainable Development (SD). As part of this the UK Government’s SD strategy, Securing the Future, set a requirement for [...]

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Liberating Leadership – a fresh perspective from the community sector

Liberating Leadership is a new, practical approach that has been developed by the Community Sector Coalition to recognise and support leadership in community groups and collective community activities. It is about leadership in networks and neighbourhoods, street events and sports clubs, parishes and partnerships, temples and tenants associations, festivals and fetes, music groups and mosques. [...]

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Third Sector Strategy ‘One Year On report’ published

As Compact Week nears the end we have today (6/11/2009) published our Third Sector Strategy ‘One Year On’ report (PDF 1MB).  The report discusses the progress we have made on the range of commitments we made in our Third Sector Strategy (PDF 4.17MB).  The report is accompanied by a detailed annex (PDF 920KB) which contains a commentary on [...]

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