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 the second Big Society Audit 2013 on 9 December, a comprehensive review of what has been happening in practice against public commitments.  For more information, also look at our news page.