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No-one should ever have to feel like they are not worth helping

Tweet“No-one should ever have to feel like they are not worth helping…” I saw these striking words on a postcard displayed at a recent event to celebrate volunteering. With the massive cuts in public spending and the unprecedented reform of … 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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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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What no big society?

TweetAmid the vibrations of doom and whiff of ennui surrounding anything stamped with the politicised big society seal, a new campaign tagged in plain terms as a grassroots effort to improve a neighbourhood is a bit of an attention-grabber. Shockingly, … Continue reading

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