Government announces Big Society ambassadors

Big Society Ambassador Shaun Bailey

Government announces Big Society ambassadors 1

Governance | Vibeka Mair | 14 Feb 2011

The government has appointed Conservative MP Charlotte Leslie and Conservative parliamentary candidate Shaun Bailey as ambassadors for the Big Society agenda.

Bailey (pictured), has a long history in the charity youth sector, including a role as chief executive of My Generation, and MP Charlotte Leslie is described as a “rising star” in the Tory party.

The news follows a barrage of Big Society announcements from the government in the past two days, including details on the Big Society Bank and a defence by David Cameron of the recentlyin the Sunday nationals.

Speaking to the Observer Cameron rejected claims that the Big Society was simply a mask for cuts to the charity sector.

The government will also reportedly set up a big society university which will train future community workers and announce who has won a £20m tender to train 5,00 big society workers over the next five years.

Jaynie Lewis
Redundant Youth Volunteer Development Manager
14 Feb 2011

What about the current qualified and experienced Communty Workers?


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