Charities are being urged to help shape a voluntary sector manifesto for politicians to consider ahead of next year’s general election.
The initiative is being driven by sector bodies NCVO and ACEVO and will involve in person and online events in June and July to gather feedback.
It is hoped a draft manifesto will be created over the summer and put out for further consultation later this year.
The next general election will take place before the end of 2024, with the sector bodies anticipating the UK will go to the polls in the autumn of that year.
“We know that charities and volunteers are at the frontline of the challenges facing our country,” said the NCVO and ACEVO.
“However, the role we play in society and the economy is often not understood by political parties.
“It’s essential we take the opportunity over the next year to ensure we’re at the heart of political decision-making and are considered as key partners for any new government.”
The manifesto will aim to set out a vision for society the sector wants, the role charities can play in that vision and what charities and volunteers need to make a difference.
Issues for charities to consider include public engagement with decision makers, promotion of prosperity and opportunity and how people can be encouraged to take action to improve society wellbeing and the environment.
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“We’ll use this manifesto to help us engage with parties across the political spectrum, including at party conferences this year,” they added.
“We also plan to offer practical support and guidance to charities on campaigning rules. This will help ensure you’re best equipped to represent your communities and causes.”
Events will take place in Sheffield, Leicester, London and online. More details around booking a place can be seen here.