vibrantsmallBig Society

The Government's Big Society initiative aims to give more power and responsibility to individuals and communities to help people to improve their neighbourhoods and local services. It's about transferring power from the Government to people so they can work together to improve their own lives and build stronger communities.

Greg Clark, the Minister for Decentralisation, has stated what he thinks are three essential parts of the Big Society: "The first is about what the state can do for us. The second is about what we can do for ourselves. And the third is about what we can do for others."

Carlisle Partnership

The Carlisle Partnership is an organisation that brings together local authorities, the health service, police and other public agencies, local businesses and the voluntary and community sectors. The Partnership have been responsible for producing and delivering a Community Plan which includes what members of the local community have told us about your hopes and worries, for the future of the places where you live, work study and enjoy your free time. Please see the Carlisle partnership web pages for more information.

Other partnerships we are involved in which work with the community include:

Our rural communities section provides access to information, publications and contacts which might be useful to the rural communities of the Carlisle district and organisations that work in rural Carlisle.

Funding for community projects

The Big Society initiative will continue to develop and progress. Much of our work and projects as a local authority fit in with the ideas of the Big Society and we will provide more information in this section on how we are getting involved as the initiative progresses.

Getting involved

The Big Society is about you and your community. Here are some ways you can start to get involved:

  • Consultations - have your say on the work of your local councils, police and health service in Cumbria.
  • Volunteering at www.csv.org.uk. CSV are a UK wide volunteering and training charity. Find opportunities for volunteer work and help improve your area.
  • Petitions - you can submit petitions to us which can have a direct influence on the political process and to raise concerns that are important to you.
  • The BIG tidy up - a Keep Britain Tidy campaign. The website provides lots of information and advice on how to get a BIG tidy up event going in your community.

Big Society in Eden

Our neighbouring district of Eden has been chosen as one of four Big Society vanguard areas. As a vanguard area, they are coming up with proposals to take forward projects which embrace Big Society Principles. Eden are initially focusing on three areas within Eden District. They will be working with these communities to help enable them to deliver their community plans and to assist them to address issues in their localities.

See Eden District Council's Big Society pages for more information and latest news.


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