Big Society: A View From The Frontline

Posted by CommunityChannelTV

19 September 2011, 03:24

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In The Big Society: A View from the Frontline staff, volunteers and service users of five very different organisations give their opinions on the Big Society and how it might work. They are: Bournemouth Churches Housing Association (BCHA), Samaritans, City Gateway Women’s Project, London, Craigmillar Community Arts, Edinburgh, and Age UK Oxfordshire.

Here are some of the issues raised in the film:

* involve the voluntary and community sector in policy making not just delivery * make the commissioning process less bureaucratic * recognise that volunteers require support and don’t come ‘free’ * dispel myths about the number of hours volunteers can work — there is a widely held belief that this is capped to 16 hours * speed up CRB checks * recognise that payment by results is not always practicable — prevention cannot be measured * recognise that charities must be business-like * recognise that stability of funding is essential in this period of transition