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 

The​ ​deadline​ ​for​ ​evidence​ ​to​ ​be​ ​submitted​ ​is​ ​Friday​ ​13th​ ​October​ ​2017. Visit: Social Action Review for further details.