Monday, 21 March 2011
Growing the Big Society rather than designing it
In the recent drive to create the Big Society there is a risk that we convince ourselves that this is an entirely new concept and so denigrate the excellent work of people who have worked tirelessly to deliver a range of public services voluntarily.
Take the Lakes area. If you crash on the M6 the public sector will attend, get you sorted and off to hospital if needsbe
But fall up Helvellyn, or get stuck cragfast on Sharpe Edge and look who gets you out. The Mountain Rescue Teams of Cumbria will be called out, trained skilled and experienced dedicated crew will work with local people and local police and ambulance to help you.
Their involvement in the rescue is essential.
They are volunteers yet provide an essential service blending with other public sector services and fully integrated. Outstanding.
Then look at the scores of volunteers supporting the construction of paths, clearing waste and keeping the Lakes safe. They are linked to local business and emergency agencies providing support to those visiting and living in this part of the UK.
Helping to make this work, huge doses of goodwill and a ruthless determination to keep the place going whatever the weather whatever the conditions.
We can learn a great deal from this integrated approach proving support to a leisure economy and working with locals and visitors alike.
The Lakes is not unique within the UK, and we should recognise and appreciate the Big Society that already exists before we adopt its principles elsewhere or before we add the other aspects of the new Big Society
We cannot afford to lose any of that goodwill, expertise or commitment by underestimating the huge value they provide.
So Big Society, visit, listen, learn and then borrow with pride.
Popular Posts in last 7 Days
Today HRH Prince Charles visited Cumbria and was given the opportunity to meet a range of people, businesses and buildings across the county...
Ransomware Seminar 19th May 09.30-11.30 Ransomware is now one of the biggest threats to industry, charities, health and citizens. Fin...
This is a few hints I have created to help a Twitter colleague. Please feel free to add to it. Thanks Firstly you should not go out on a...
I am helping Leeds University with a business Cybercrime Survey go to www.bit.do/cybersurvey to complete it or use the QR code. Many tha...
GetSafeOnline Some thoughts Today we saw the start of GetSafeOnline week commencing with a short summit in London a range of partners wer...
Normally on holiday I like to infuse myself in books of gore death and destruction. Lee Child'esque for me. However, for a while I have...
So Saturday was the Big March. Anywhere between 300 and 500,000 peaceful protesters protesting. All magnificently managed by the Met suppo...
If you get the chance have a read of the Lake District Mountain Search and Rescue Association Mountains Accidents 2011 A long title but ...
So we started the day with some trepidation or at least I did. A longer swim than ever before for Me. A stroll in the lake for Tom and Mich...
An issue for us and many others is how you offer guidance to staff about their use of social media. Should we create a new set of rules to c...