The Government's Big Society plans aim to make it easier and more attractive to give time and money to good causes. The landmark Giving White Paper was a "breath of fresh air" from the Government says Steve Brine.
Britons are already generous but evidence suggests levels of giving time and money have flat-lined in recent years. The Giving White Paper seeks to renew Britain's culture of philanthropy by working with charities and businesses to support new ways for people to contribute which fit into busy modern lives.
This is exemplified by today's announcement that, following a suggestion in the Government's Giving Green Paper, its member banks have unanimously agreed to enable giving through all their cash machines in 2012. With 10 million transactions every day, this will be a major step to putting charity back into peoples' everyday lives.
New commitments in the White Paper include:
MP for Winchester & Chandler's Ford Steve Brine says; "The building of a bigger stronger society will not be done by government but by citizens. Here in our part of Hampshire we have a strong civil society and I know my constituents will give a warm and positive reception to any measures to make it even better.
"The bigger society not emerge overnight however and Government has to play a role in supporting it. That is why, after levels of giving have flat lined for years, this government is taking action, introducing policies to make giving give back, cut red tape and spark innovation. These changes form part of our desire to build a big society, where power is decentralised, public services are opened up and social action is encouraged."
Pictured; Steve Brine with Rob Carslake, helping to raise money for Naomi House in Winchester.
How can you volunteer right now?
A really good place to start is WACA, based in the heart of Winchester (see link below).
Or if you live in Chandler's Ford, contact One Community (see link below).
Slivers of Time is a social business that allows booking of your time to volunteer - see here.
Volunteering made easy with Do-it - see www.do-it.org.uk.
Interesting idea from Pro Dono offers donors a reason to give by acting as a broker to organise meeting-of-mind experiences between donors and public figures - see www.prodono.co.uk
Download the Do Some Good App right now via iPhone - see here.
More information and related links ...
You can download the Giving White Paper in full via the Cabinet Office website here.
Visit Winchester Area Community Action (WACA) - www.waca.org.uk.
Visit One Community (Eastleigh) - www.1community.org.uk
Steve opens the first Winchester Festival of Volunteering - see here.
Your MP supporting the Big Society in Commons speech - see here.
Do you have a local issue you would like to campaign on alongside Steve Brine? Get in touch today - see here.