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Public Services Unit 3, Citizenship

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[UNIT 3, ASSISGNMENT 1] Citizen and Citizenship: According to the dictionary, a citizen is a native or naturalized member of a state or nation who owes allegiance to its government and is entitled to its protection. And citizenship is the state of being vested with the rights, privileges, and duties of a citizen and is the character of an individual viewed as a member of society; in behaviour and civil duties. The Public service view citizenship as helpful as the citizens who help tackle crime by being witnesses, reporting crime, and actively doing something helps the Police convict and get justice for crimes done. Also, Citizens who help the local community like running clubs for youths and getting them involved in productive stuff helps keep them off the street and crime lower. A Legal View: A legal view on citizenship is a person with rights of residence; views of citizenship by different organisations in society, e.g. public services, religious groups, pressure groups including "Amnesty International" and "Greenpeace". Qualities of Citizens: A good citizen takes personal responsibility for obligations to family and community. ...read more.


Benefits of being a good citizen: Being a good citizen and volunteering looks impressive on your C.V, gains new experience and knowledge and can be very rewarding. Volunteering in the UPS is very helpful as there resources are not stretched. For example, ST Johns ambulance goes to football matches so it doesn?t waste ambulances which are needed elsewhere, and helps the cost for the government for the UPS. Volunteers in the community is helpful for the charity shops, volunteer workshops for the community etc. and helps show that you are a good citizen and wants to help and improve deprived communities or help fundraising for charities. It also makes you as a person looks good and also may make you feel good. Protecting the environment is important as more trees and natural wildlife are in decline due to the expansion of cities, roads and rising pollution. Global Warming is happening quicker and things like using the car less, using public transport, energy efficient appliances, turning off lights when not needed, buying local produce can all contribute to the reduction of global warming and help protect your children?s future. ...read more.


However, the disadvantages of being a good citizen is that it can be very challenging and stressful and may put too much pressure on you and it may affect your life in a bad way and could affect the people who you are close to you. And with the situations you may come across or have to deal with can be very tough mentally and it may be hard to leave it away from the home. The implications for the public services and society of people who are not playing the role of good citizens is that it leaves the problems unanswered and then they get worse overtime until they may become unsolvable and out of control. And the people who are not good citizens could be the ones doing the crimes and being anti-sociable which causes problems for the police as they have more crimes and stuff to deal with, but it also effects the society as they have to live the aftermath or damage caused by these bad citizens. Also, it then has a chain reaction on the taxpayer who has to pay more policing fees and prison fees as it uses up resources. So the worth of being a bad citizen is worthless and affects a lot of people, including you. ...read more.

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