When civil society and government work well together, everyone gains. A strong partnership helps connect society to government and revitalises the services on which we all depend.

It’s an exchange that can bring enormous value.  The voluntary sector changes the lives of many individuals.   But when it works with government,  society itself can be transformed.   Civil Society “know how” can help government find fresh solutions,  unlock new potential and provide innovative services for people and communities.  Government can bring charities, social enterprises and community organisations greater impact.

Civil Exchange is a think tank that exists to help government and the voluntary sector work better together:

  • Identifying opportunities and new ways of working.
  • Breaking down barriers and increasing understanding of what each needs from each other.
  • Raising everyone’s awareness of the added value of a vibrant voluntary sector to government and society.

It acts as a “link tank,” connecting with other organisations and individuals with expertise and knowledge to exchange ideas and find new solutions.  To learn more about Civil Exchange, click here.

Civil Exchange is publishing Whose Society? the Final Big Society Audit on 20 January, a comprehensive review of what has been happening in practice against public commitments and the third in a series of Audits.  For more information, see our Big Society Audit and news pages.

Whose Society_The Final Big Society AuditThe report identifies where implementation of the Big Society has gone wrong and points to key lessons for the next Government, making a series of concrete recommendations.






Making Good Essays.inddA book of essays by voluntary sector leaders, Making Good: the future of the voluntary sector,  was published on 10 November 2014.  For more details, click here. Abridged versions of some of the essays have been published in Civil Society News and the Guardian Voluntary Sector Network and are available here – do join the debate #makinggood.



Civil Exchange has joined a group of civil society leaders to launch a Call to Action for the Common Good. We are inviting evidence, examples and ideas which demonstrate how common good practice can help tackle the biggest social challenges facing today’s society.