Social action


Social action is about people coming together to help improve their lives and solve the problems that are important in their communities. It can include volunteering, giving of money, community action or simple neighbourly acts.

Through the passion and skill of citizens, social action can empower communities, help people in need and complement public services. Taking part in social action is also associated with higher levels of wellbeing, and can improve people’s confidence and skills.

There is potential for social action to play a greater role and for more people to get involved. We’ve identified ways to help create and encourage social action – making it easier for more people to work together to benefit their community and the lives of those within it.


To encourage people to get involved in their communities, and to develop social action projects, we are:


For further information on what social action is, the powerful impact it can have and an update on some of our programmes to support it, read the discussion paper Social action: harnessing the potential.

Find out more about our work to promote social action: