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The Progressive Policy Think Tank

Civil society support in the north of England

The north of England has a rich and vibrant civil society. Civil society in the North exists in the shape that it does today, in part, because of a diverse ecosystem of organisations, funders and wider networks that enable it to continue to flourish.


But the world is changing and this support ecosystem needs to adapt to ensure that civil society remains strong and healthy across the North.

This report explores what role civil society support organisations can play in a good society. Drawing on case study research with organisations in the north of England, interviews with stakeholders and data from the Third Sector Trends study, it presents some of the key opportunities and challenges for civil society support organisations, at a time when many established ways of working are shifting radically. It sets out a series of recommendations for how different organisations might need to adapt.