Post election reflections

The fortnightly newsletter from the Guardian voluntary sector professionals network reports that

“confirmation is still outstanding on the new minister for civil society, after Rob Wilson lost his seat in last week's general election. But elsewhere the dust is now starting to settle on a remarkable turn of events. Youth turnout seems to have been key to Labour's surge, but Andrew O'Brien, of the Charity Finance Group, warns that politicians should not take this for granted. He writes:

"Neither party had a strong message about the role of charities ... yet young people overwhelmingly support charitable and voluntary organisations. Working with charities and social enterprises would give substance to all the political rhetoric about building a better society and a more positive future for younger voters."

One way charities can help with this is to engage young people with social action. What is social action and why should you know about it? Sam Newell, of Step Up to Serve, explains:

"Social action is taking part in everyday activities that make a positive difference to communities: volunteering, campaigning, fundraising and mentoring. Social action is the ultimate exercise in democracy. You vote in general elections every five years (supposedly!), but when you volunteer, you vote every day about the kind of community you want to live in."

Read more at the Guardian Social Network fortnightly newsletter

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