GUEST COLUMN: Volunteers continue to thrive

NEAABE110702b2, Rumbletums cafe, Kimberley opened by mayor of Broxtowe cllr Jacky Williams with help from Claire Mowberry.

NEAABE110702b2, Rumbletums cafe, Kimberley opened by mayor of Broxtowe cllr Jacky Williams with help from Claire Mowberry.

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In my opinion, no-one talks about David Cameron’s ‘Big Society’ any more, not even him.

For the cynics, the idea of the coalition government creating a ‘Big Society’ was about reducing or hiding the worst effects of their austerity measures on public services and to fill the gap left by central and local government cuts by encouraging the community and voluntary sector to pick up the slack… for nothing or, at least, very cheaply.

For those of a more positive disposition, the Big Society was about celebrating the huge contribution of the voluntary sector in the UK and encouraging more people to become volunteers or to become active in their local communities.

 

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