DCMS call for evidence Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport Full-time social action review: call for evidence DCMS has commissioned Steve Holliday, former chief executive of National Grid plc, to chair an independent Full-Time Social Action review. The review will gather evidence on the current opportunities available, the current status of full-time volunteers, the impact of full-time social action on young people and their communities, the barriers facing participants and providers, and how the UK compares to other countries’ provision of full-time social action opportunities. The review is seeking evidence from a wide range of stakeholders to inform its recommendations and is particularly interested in hearing from young people, whether they undertake social action on a full-time or part-time basis, or not at all, as well as from organisations which offer opportunities and / or benefit from social action by young people. The initial research identified a number of important knowledge gaps which the Review shall investigate by launching an open Call For Evidence, requesting responses to the following questions: - What experience have you had of full time social action / volunteering, either as a young person or as a provider for young people? What impact does full time social action / volunteering have on young people and providers in comparison to part time social action / volunteering? What are the barriers to full time social action / volunteering and can you give examples of how these might be overcome? Should there be an expansion of full time social action / volunteering opportunities for young people, and do you have any evidence of unmet need or demand? If you were to propose up to three things to enable more full time social action / volunteering, what would they be? Evidence can be submitted in writing to Youth Policy Team, 4th Floor, 1 Horse Guards Road, Westminster, London, SW1A 2HQ or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org The deadline for evidence to be submitted is Friday 13th October 2017. Visit: Social Action Review for further details.