Charities and volunteering are at the heart of our shared society
- Monday, 09 January 2017 16:00
Sir Stuart Etherington, chief executive of NCVO, said:
I was very pleased to hear the prime minister’s speech today. She is entirely correct that the state alone cannot solve problems, and that different types of organisations share the responsibility for improving our society, but also that between us we have the skills to make it happen.
Charities and volunteering are at the heart of our shared society. The prime minister rightly credited the campaigning role of charities in shining a light on the shortfalls in mental health provision, and this is also an excellent example of an area where charities and volunteering are a necessary part of the solution. With that in mind, I was heartened to hear her support for the National Citizen Service, and the volunteering initiatives #iwill and the Points of Light Awards. Volunteering is the clearest expression of the will of millions of people to take an active role in society, and we should take every opportunity to reinforce its value.