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The new Civil Society Strategy

Dave Neilson Blog: Dave Neilson

The Government has announced plans for a new Civil Society Strategy and in a written statement published on 17 November this year, described Civil Society as playing “a vital role in the health and well-being of individuals and communities across our country.”

The new strategy will aim to develop partnerships between different sectors and communities to best effect and will importantly recognise the role that social enterprises play in terms of supporting economic growth.

By providing opportunities to explore new partnerships the Government feels it can better mobilise resources and expertise to find new and practical solutions to the issues we face as a society.

Proud to be a social enterprise

As a social enterprise we’re committed to making a real impact in communities across the UK, having delivered £68m of social impact and created more than 4,000 jobs. We provide many aspects of economic growth with a range of social projects that genuinely transform people’s lives, and offer strategic support, specialist training and consultancy programmes designed to help communities thrive and develop.

How we make a real impact:

- We tackle unemployment  by supporting apprenticeships and job creation while facilitating training initiatives in local communities. We also help members to deliver employability programmes including ILMs as well as supporting SMEs and social enterprise business start-ups. Fusion21 also helps local authorities and developers secure training and employment for apprentices and the unemployed, directly linked to public planning processes;

- We write social value clauses into our procurement frameworks while ensuring our members make sizeable efficiency savings on their procurement spend;

 We deliver training courses in UK prisons,  teaching the basics in trades like plumbing, bricklaying, tiling, plastering, joinery, and painting & decorating. We also self-fund the Through the Gates programme that provides support and guidance to ex-offenders. This initiative helps them gain qualifications and employment after their release from prison so that they can reintegrate into their communities in a positive way.

 The Civil Society Strategy will be developed through dialogue and debate with people, groups, and organisations across government, businesses, and communities. The Office for Civil Society will lead this work with input from the Department for Communities, Local Government, and other departments. A listening exercise will be launched in the 2018 and findings reported later in the year.

Fusion21 will keep all our members updated on this strategy. To find out how Fusion21 can help your organisation to make a real impact in your communities - or help you to achieve social value outcomes, contact us on 0845308 2321 or view our Community Regeneration Services brochure.