Adfam has made a submission to the Government's consultation on supporting a stronger civil society (pdf). This gives the opportunity to help shape the delivery of the Big Society agenda. Key points include:
- the family support sector is already delivering the ideals of the Big Society and represents a great opportunity to learn
- Infrastructure organisations are a key 'lightning rod' for Government and can represent a wide range of views and priorities
- Voluntary staff are still staff, and need to be treated as such: small, local organisations would benefit from guidance in this area, for example volunteer policies and other practical advice on running a charity
- Local, community-led organisations need should be fully involved in, and engaed with, decision-making procedures surrounding the delivery of the Big Society, and not excluded from them.
See the response on our consultations page.