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Promoting social action: encouraging and enabling people to play a more active part in society

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Increase volunteering and social action

Campaign for Youth Social Action

In June 2012 the Prime Minister tasked Dame Julia Cleverdon and Amanda Jordan OBE to carry out a review on how government, business, and the voluntary and education sectors can work together to support and encourage young people aged 10 to 20 to become involved in social action.

In December 2012 the Prime Minister approved the recommendations in their initial report. Dame Julia Cleverdon and Amanda Jordan OBE, with Cabinet Office support, have developed the Campaign for Youth Social Action, supported by HRH The Prince of Wales and business, voluntary and education organisations.

Civic service

We are turning the civil service into a ‘civic service’ – a place where civil servants are encouraged to use their time and skills to support voluntary and community organisations.

As part of the Civil Service Reform Plan civil servants are encouraged to spend at least 1 day out of the year volunteering. The civil service is also committed to giving at least 30,000 volunteering days each year.

Surveys show that civil servants are currently giving at least 50,000 days of voluntary work each year.

Centre for Social Action

The Centre for Social Action at the Cabinet Office aims to identify and accelerate the development and spread of high impact social action initiatives. The centre is being delivered in partnership with Nesta, the UK’s innovation charity. Find out what current funding streams the centre is offering and details of how to apply.

Olympics and Paralympics volunteering legacy

London 2012 highlighted the power of volunteering like never before and we are committed to making the most of this. As part of this the government supports Join In to help embed the volunteering legacy. In 2012, Join In supported more than 6,000 events and this has risen to more than 10,000 events in 2013, attended by 500,000 people. Join In will continue to hold events throughout 2013 as part of the government’s wider commitment to support the legacy of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

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