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NCVO calls on charities to speak up about civic engagement

NCVO is urging as many charities as possible to submit evidence to a new Lords select committee on citizenship and civic engagement in order to highlight innovations and best practice in the area.

The ad hoc committee, chaired by Lord Hodgson, is examining ways of building bridges within and between communities and supporting civic engagement. The committee says it is keen to ‘think about citizenship in a more vibrant, positive and integrated manner’.

Such engagement could be as diverse as voting, volunteering and fundraising for a charity, large or small charities, doing something for the community, or taking part in social action. The committee is expected to be particularly keen to hear from charities that are working across different communities.

Submissions close on 8 September. The final report is due by 31 March 2018.

NCVO says it is crucial that the voice of charities is heard.ll

Chris Walker, senior public affairs analyst at NCVO, said:

This a very important opportunity for charities to demonstrate how our sector is leading the way in civic engagement. Charities are often the vehicle for people to engage with society. We are keen for as many organisations as possible, no matter how small, to submit examples of the sort of work they do to foster this.

Given the subject, the committee wants to encourage those who wouldn’t normally speak out. If you have a good case study that you can contribute, but haven’t provided written evidence to a committee before, it might be worth contacting the committee staff and talking to them about how you can provide what they need.

Charities are often the vehicle for people to engage with society and do their bit to make the world a better place to live in, so we as a sector will obviously have a lot to say.

As many smaller groups may have not submitted parliamentary evidence before, please contact NCVO. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. will provide support and advice as necessary.

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