Social Action is a nationally-run programme by the Conservatives to get more involved in their local areas through voluntary and charitable work, either from within the Membership or through partnerships with local groups. Fitting into the 'Big Society' ethos, it seeks to drive social entrepreneurship as well as Conservative policies on increasing local autonomy and personal involvement in local areas.
The Party runs two large-scale Social Action projects at Conference and Spring Forum – last year's was the Alum Rock Project in Birmingham – and Associations up and down the country run further projects both in the UK and abroad. You can see more details of Social Action projects that have been run by Associations here.
"Social Action involves millions of people doing millions of things that make a real difference to their community every day. It is how we can all create social change within our society. I like to think of it as doing your bit or mucking in, however small the action, it all adds up to changing your community for the better.
"We are all in this together so let's work together to harness the power of social action and strengthen our society!"
Social Action in Epsom & Ewell
We are currently putting the final touches to our Social Action programme for 2012. These will include local, national and international initiatives. Check back here for more information, or look at the Epsom Social Action blog or our Twitter feed.
If you want to get involved in our Social Action programme, we would love to hear from you. Please get in touch with the office on 01372 277 066 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
2011 campaign: Operation Shoebox
Operation Shoebox is a nationwide campaign to send gift packages to members of the Armed Forces currently abroad in conflict zones to lift their morale and make their lives more bearable. In 2011, the Epsom Social Action team set out to support this worthwhile charity. Thanks to the help of our members, and local Epsom residents, we sent more than 40 boxes of food and personal items to front-line troops in Afghanistan in time for Christmas Day.