David Cameron has given his "Big Society" agenda a fresh push as the Government unveiled proposals to increase volunteering and charitable giving.
A Giving White Paper set out plans for more than £40 million in additional support for the voluntary sector in an attempt to kick-start public donations of time and money.
Ministers are to lead by example - committing themselves to undertake a day of voluntary service over the course of the year with a charity or community group of their choice.
Mr Cameron said that he had done some voluntary work with an organisation called Street League, giving interview training to two youngsters applying for a job.
"I helped a bit with that, gave interview practice to a couple of young people who are going for a job," he told ITV1's Daybreak. "It was fascinating, and you do get an enormous amount out of it yourself. It's part of what I call the Big Society, the idea we all ought to be thinking 'what can I do, what can I put back in?'."
In a keynote speech to mark the White Paper's publication, Mr Cameron declared that the idea of a society built on strong communities, strong relationships and strong families underpinned his own personal political philosophy.
"As our debts are paid off, this is what I want to endure as the lasting legacy of this administration - helping to build a society where families and communities are stronger, where our nation's well-being is higher, and where all these things are accepted as central, not peripheral aspects of what modern governments should hope to achieve," he said. "So the Big Society is not some fluffy add-on to more gritty and more important subjects. This is about as gritty and important as it gets: giving everyone the chance to get on in life and making our country a better place to live."
Ministers were boosted by the announcement by the Link cash machine network that its member banks have agreed to enable charitable donations to be made through their machines from next year.
Shadow Cabinet Office minister Tessa Jowell said the Government had been forced to act because Mr Cameron's Big Society vision had "stalled".
"Big promises have been made but little has been delivered. Soaring political speeches like this may get headlines, but in practice this rhetoric is contradicted by this Government's actions," she said. "Under the indiscriminate impact of accelerated cuts, the essential elements of community life are slowly being starved of sustenance. What we lose in the next two years may become impossible to rebuild in 10."