Tomorrow on August 16th, Harry has been invited to a meeting at Number 10 Downing Street with the Prime Minister’s Policy Unit to discuss young people and their role in David Cameron’s Big Society.
The key belief that Harry takes from the Big Society idea is one of citizens having a responsibility to their communities. People should have a sense of duty to improve, the lives of the vulnerable, the local environment and the services we all use. The UK Riots have shown that when people do not have this sense of duty, they are ignorant to the consequences of damaging their own communities. The Big Society should be about reconnecting all citizens to their neighbourhoods, their schools, and their families.
Activism has always been a part of Harry’s policy to involve young people in their democracy and he sees the Big Society, in particular the National Citizen Service as a framework for social activism.
In correspondence with Number 10 officials, Harry asked for a meeting to provide recommendations based upon the Big Society programme, the National Citizen Service, using case studies in Sheffield.
“I want to use this opportunity to use my experience of social activism, to give an insight into how these schemes play out on the ground and how these initiatives go from paper to real-life. I will be sharing with the policy unit, the successes of the programmes seen in Sheffield and the areas that require further thinking. Restoring this sense of duty to our communities has to be the next step we all take”