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A Big Society Reality Check

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Thursday, March 31, 2011 from 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM (BST)

A Big Society Reality Check

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Big Society one year on - a reality check

WECH Community Centre, Chantry Close, off Elgin Avenue, London W9 2RS

(nearest tube: Westbourne Park)

31 March 2011, 1pm-2.30pm




The event: an opportunity to take the pulse of big society - what has been achieved, what are our concerns, and how should it be developed?

Organised by: Our Society, an independent network of people to promote and learn from community action, in association with Walterton and Elgin Community Homes


31 March is the anniversary of David Cameron’s speech announcing the Big Society and the launch of the Big Society Network. Since then there has been a huge amount of discussion, and a range of initiatives from government and others close to the ‘big society’ ideas. These include the launch of the community organisers’ programme, agreement on the Big Society Bank, the launch of Your Square Mile, and aspects of the Localism Bill.

31 March also marks the day when hundreds, possibly thousands, of local authority and voluntary sector workers lose their jobs as a result of the government’s spending cuts. What does this mean for the future of the communities that the big society is meant to empower?


The agenda

Part 1: Taking the pulse of big society - a panel of speakers with Q&A session

How is the big society shaping up? What could or should it be like? Will the government's ambitions be realised?

Speakers including Julian Dobson (Our Society), Jonathan Rosenberg (WECH) Will Horwitz (Community Links), Jess Steele (Locality - community organisers); Charlie Treloggan (West Kensington and Gibbs Green estates) and Toby Blume (Urban Forum).


Part 2: Open space

A chance for participants to share their experiences of big society in facilitated groups - what is our verdict? What are the key issues facing our communities?

There will be a chance to suggest topics for discussion in advance on the Our Society website.

Refreshments will be provided by WECH.

You can read a bit more about the background to the event here. The Twitter hashtag for the event will be #bigcheck
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When & Where

WECH Community Centre
Chantry Close
Elgin Avenue
W9 2RS London
United Kingdom

Thursday, March 31, 2011 from 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM (BST)

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