big society initiativeBig 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."

Community projects

At Allerdale, we work with a range of local partners with the aim of supporting community development  and providing assistance to people in the community. Partnership schemes we have been or are involved with include the provision of sports and leisure activities, Ways into Successful Enterprise, and the Allerdale and Copeland Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnership.

If you represent a local community project, we have a Community fund which provides grants to voluntary and community groups. Please see our Allerdale community fund page for more information, including how to apply. Grants are awarded by a Panel composed of representatives from local voluntary groups and a small number of Allerdale Borough Councillors.

The Big Society initiative is still new and 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 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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0303 123 1702

Allerdale Borough Council
Allerdale House, Workington, Cumbria,
CA14 3YJ