What is the Active Citizens programme?
Our purpose is to increase the contribution of those adults who have a social network within their local communities towards achieving sustainable development both locally and globally. We support grassroots initiatives around the world that promote community cohesion and encourage people to improve their communities through either civic engagement or through volunteering with community-based organisations and projects. The programme stems from our vision of a world in which people recognise their potential and exercise their responsibility to engage peaceably and effectively with others. We focus on developing particular leadership skills and knowledge, such as understanding global interdependencies, empowering and motivating individuals to action, and the art of intercultural dialogue within social action. Participants are offered training in order to develop these skills. Participants are also offered specialist guidance in designing and running SAPs (social action projects), which