Civic Voice is the result of extensive consultation and discussion with hundreds of civic and amenity societies and their members and over 100 other interested organisations and partners about the future of the civic movement following closure of the Civic Trust in April 2009. This work was led by the Civic Society Initiative and funded by the National Trust, Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and civic societies with support from CPRE, the North of England Civic Trust, English Heritage and the RIBA among others.

The name – Civic Voice – was chosen after a ballot of over 600 civic society volunteers who selected from a shortlist of options that best expressed the intended purpose and style of the organisations. Civic Voice was more than twice as popular as the nearest alternative (Civic Vision).

The story behind Civic Voice is told in the resources below:

Own the future
HRH The Prince of Wales message to the national convention of civic societies, Blackpool, October 2009

Time to decide

A new voice for the civic movement – structure and governance