Category Archives: Big society

Art for all: the Surrey gallery that targets a hidden need

TweetLeafy and affluent are default shorthands when describing the English county of Surrey, but the council ward of Westborough, Guildford, has the highest number of young people who are not in education, employment or training (NEET) in the county. Child … Continue reading

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The riots a year on: “If people see me as bad, I might as well be bad.”

Tweet“Even though we’re not involved in gangs,” the young man from Hackney tells me, “the way people look at you just puts you down. No matter what you do, you’ll always have that bad name of a black kid from … Continue reading

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12 days of Christmas, Social Issue-style

TweetSeason’s greetings from The Social Issue – to mark the jollities, here’s a snapshot of some of the upbeat posts and pictures about people, projects and places featured over the last 12 months. This festive pick is by no means … Continue reading

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High society (and celbritocracy) backs big society

TweetIt was a sight that would have warmed the cockles of David Cameron’s heart. As soul singer Heather Small and ex-England footballer Sol Campbell mingled with guests at London’s Saatchi Gallery last week, they were showing just the kind of … Continue reading

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Is Paddington the “big society” in action?

TweetBig society in action is how civil society minister Nick Hurd described the award-winning Paddington Development Trust (PDT) which he chose for his first ministerial visit in May 2010. “Residents have real sense of ownership and power,” he enthused on … Continue reading

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Why beans are more efficient than potatoes, and other eco-wonders

Tweet Some of us count the calories when it comes to food, but how many of us count the kilowatts too? Watch the quirky video above – there’s animation and a jolly opening piano melody too – and check out … Continue reading

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The big society bypass

Tweet Above, Ian Harvey, from heroin and rough sleeping to charity volunteer, gardening enthusiast and Chelsea Flower Show winner. The big society concept might be a touch nebulous – as its creator Philip Blond effectively admitted this week – but … Continue reading

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Terrors on two wheels become social cyclists: the teens transforming their community

TweetIt’s as much a symbol of antisocial behaviour as hoodies drinking alcopops at bus stops; on the corner of most streets in the middle of most neighbourhoods in the UK, you’ll usually find a gang of beanie-hatted teens, posturing on … Continue reading

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“The kid who talked of burning down the place is now volunteering to paint it…”

Tweet Hutton Hall community centre, photos by Podnosh A year ago it would have been pointless painting a mural on the wall of Hutton Hall; it would have been covered in grafitti within a day. But after the building was … Continue reading

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Is Cameron’s ‘big society’ reserved for the rich?

TweetLocal philanthropy and volunteers have driven the ‘big society’ in Surrey for years. So is David Cameron’s flagship project only viable for affluent communities? England’s well-heeled home counties are the natural habitat of Cameron’s “big society”. The combination of a … Continue reading

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