Support for future ‘active citizens’
A Government plan to give more power to local people will not succeed unless people are given the support, skills and confidence needed to participate, claims a third sector organisation.
Voluntary Sector Strategic Analysis, a report published today by the National Council of Voluntary Organisations (NCVO), suggests training is needed to help people become the school governors and hospital or charity trustees of tomorrow.
‘The voluntary and community sector is always calling out for more people to participate, whether it’s by becoming a Board member or helping out in a charity shop,’ said Megan Griffith from NCVO’s Third Sector Foresight project.
‘Government and the voluntary and community sector must reach out to people of all social classes, ethnic backgrounds and faiths and show them the value, and rewards of becoming ‘active citizens’.’
The report also urges the Government and voluntary and community sector to remove other barriers that prevent people from being more active, for example by creating a range of ways for people to respond and ensuring that consultations are not too formal.