A new umbrella body for the civic movement has been launched.
Civic Voice, which will represent civic societies in England, was launched on 17 April.
The charity is the replacement for the Civic Trust, which closed in April last year because of a lack of funding. Civic Voice says its activities will include campaigning, raising public awareness of the issues facing civic societies, fundraising and promoting civic pride.
The decision to form Civic Voice came after research among civic societies – voluntary groups set up to improve their local communities – revealed what the sector wanted to replace the trust.
Tony Burton, director of Civic Voice, said: "The civic movement should be in the driving seat of a new politics that responds to the pride people have in the place where they live. Civic Voice will campaign nationally and work locally to protect the local places of which we can be proud, and to improve those which should offer more to their communities."
There are more than 1,000 civic societies in England, with more than 250,000 members.