Social action is about people coming together to help improve their lives and solve important problems in their communities. When the public sector works with communities – listening to citizens, growing their capacity to act, and working with them as equals – social action can become a powerful way of meeting people’s needs.

The publications that can be found on the Government ‘Enabling Social Action’ webpage provide resources, ideas and case studies on how to embed social action into existing services, develop new programmes and create the conditions for social action.

To help inform these tools, three local authorities in Staffordshire, Islington and Cornwall received several days of training and support on social action, co-production and commissioning. Two very informative videos are also available which follows on from Government collaboration with the New Economics Foundation.