Welsh Office Minister David Jones visited Anglesey today to outline the coalition Government’s vision of the Big Society to members of the North Wales Regional Partnership Board meeting in Llangefni.
The Minister presented his vision for Wales as part of the Big Society initiative, where communities make changes and design solutions to their own problems.
Mr. Jones said: ”Wales already has a strong sense of community spirit and I would like to see this extended in order for communities to feel inspired to play their part in the building of Big Society. I have already seen positive examples of this come into fruition already - such as the villagers in Llanarmon yn Ial who took over the running of the former village pub in order to create a Post Office.
“Big Society is about freeing communities and services from top-down shackles and putting them in the driving seat. I firmly believe that if we place the power to change into people’s hands they will feel inspired to use it.”
The UK Government is currently consulting on ideas to foster and support voluntarism and philanthropy in our communities in a ‘Giving’ green paper. The Green Paper offers practical common sense ways the Government can boost charitable giving, people giving time, money, assets, skills and knowledge to help make life better for all.
Ministers want to bring people together to find new ways to support charitable and voluntary action and highlighting the excellent work that is happening already. The Green Paper is open for consultation and the Government are encouraging anyone who has views on how our society should support charitable giving to get in touch. The consultation will close on 9 March 2011, responses can be made by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.