On Monday 3 October, ResPublica launched its latest report, entitled ‘Age of Opportunity: Older people, volunteering and the Big Society’.
Written by ResPublica Associate Antonia Cox, the report, produced in conjunction with Independent Age, demonstrates that older people are already a fundamental part of the government’s Big Society vision and considers how their level of engagement can be maintained and increased.
The report also considers the role government must play to make its plans for the Big Society an integrated and functional part of every community.
Speaking at the Conservative Party Conference fringe event at which the report was launched was Nick Hurd MP, Minister for Civil Society. The report was also discussed at a fringe event at Liberal Democrat Party Conference, which was attended by Catherine Bearder MEP.
Antonia is a journalist, former school governor and mother of three who first campaigned for the Conservatives in 1983. She worked as a community service volunteer between school and university and has been a patron of the Bloomfield Centre Appeal...