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 published the second Big Society Audit 2013 on 9 December 2013, a comprehensive review of what has been happening in practice against public commitments. For more information, also look at our news page. The next Audit is due in December 2014.
A 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.