The Big Society Network

exists to support and develop talent, innovation and enterprise to deliver social impact.

By working with business, philanthropists, charities and social ventures we believe we can unleash the social energy that exists in the UK to help build a better, healthier society.

Powering Social Energy


Spring Giving is our research, development and thought leadership programme that aims to realise the potential of technology to enable people to make smarter choices in giving their time and money.

Delve in to our research report More Than Shaking An Online Tin: How can we take technology-enabled giving to a new level? co-written by Spring in partnership with Joe Saxton of nfpSynergy, Sarah Hughes of Charity21 and Sally Yorke, for a plethora of insight and views from across the sector.

Our Insight Reports, on subjects like ‘crowdfunding’ and ‘social media for charities’ are well worth a look too. They provide a mix of strategic and operational introductions and guidance on specific technology-enabled giving areas, to encourage greater take-up of opportunities within the charitable sector.

To get in touch with the Spring team, please email, phone to 020 7845 5895 or comment via our blogs.


Figures from Department of Health National Child Measurement Programme for the 2010/11 school year show that in Reception, over a fifth (22.6%) of the children measured were either overweight or obese. In Year 6, this rate was one in three (33.4%).

We think that the ‘Big Society’ is (or should be) a new approach to social challenges such as this. We think that in the context of austerity, the government can no longer solve all the problems we face, and neither should it.

Taking the lead from Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” initiative Get in will help create the case for taking a social action approach to combatting obesity.  We will do this by establishing new partnerships to create new social action programmes researching the impact of Get In endorsed programmes establishing best practice guidelines supporting a pattern of activity and establishing our own “mark” as a measure of quality in this arena

Get in will work tirelessly to establish new partnerships and drive investment in social action programmes. Get In will also focus its campaigning activity in support of public facing programmes that offer real opportunities to play a part in solving the problem rather than simple awareness raising activity. Where we campaign to a public audience (B2C) we will do so under the ‘banner’ of the programme rather than Get In (this to avoid confusing the market). We will ensure that our campaign messaging is always complementary to that of the programme authors.

Get In to Energy Clubs
Get In’s first action will be to support  Sport Leaders UK to establish Energy Clubs in 900 primary schools, delivering 9,000 Volunteers to get children more active and raise awareness of better eating habits, creating 162,000 voluntary opportunities. Students, parents, grandparents and employees will be trained and equipped with skills to deliver 30-min sessions to energise children with fun physical activity, thereby reducing the prevalence of sedentary lifestyles.

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For more information about the Get In Programme please visit

Social Action Fund
We are delighted to be one of the successful applicants to the second window of the Social Action Fund. £20 million has been awarded to a wide range of game-changing projects in both windows the Social Action Fund which is managed by The Social Investment Business on behalf of the Cabinet Office. Get the complete list of organisations that have benefited from the Social Action Fund