Join the conversation: In times of change and upheaval, how can we work together and build bridges in our communities?

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23 August, 2017
Submit your response to The Select Committee on Citizenship and Civic Engagement by Friday, 8th September.
Most would agree we live in a time of great change and upheaval: Brexit, the recent terrorist attacks, and phenomena such as in-work poverty are having a profound effect on our society. A spike in hate crimes reveals greater division within communities, and as a sector, we see first-hand the widening polarity between those who have enough and those who don’t. Amongst this fear and uncertainty, however, there is a real and rising appetite to change things for the better.
Building bridges
The voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector is sewn into the fabric of our communities. We are closest to those most affected by poverty, inequality and disadvantage. We are often the link between families and communities, and between communities and authorities. This puts us in a uniquely informed position when it comes to considering the following questions:
  • How can we bridge widening gaps and ensure everyone feels part of our local and national communities? 
  • How can we encourage more people to give back to their communities, so that everyone can benefit from these experiences and encounters? 
  • How can we bring about a fairer society with opportunities that are truly accessible to all?
Your ideas matter
The Select Committee on Citizenship and Civic Engagement is seeking the views of VCSE organisations around civil engagement and citizenship. 
Recognising that the ways in which we live and work together are evolving, the committee seeks to understand the issues facing civil society in the 21st century in order to support a ‘more vibrant, positive and integrated’ approach to civil engagement.
How to get involved
Interested parties are invited to submit a written response via the online form. The closing date is Friday, 8th September. 
To help frame your answer, it is recommended you read the 12 questions set out by the committee (however you do not have to answer all, or indeed any of them!). You may wish to focus on your specific area of work, the beneficiaries you work with, or take the broader view of civil society as a whole. However you approach it, your expertise will be hugely valuable.
Useful links
Call for evidence document (including the 12 framing questions)
Written by Becky Whitlock, Voscur’s new Policy & Information Officer. Find out more about Becky here.