This report summarises a series of seminars jointly organised by the Economic and Social Research Council and the National Council for Voluntary Organisations that took place between June 2006 and October 2007. The report provides a summary of six seminars on citizen engagement and the role of voluntary and community organisations and identifies both questions and evidence that support and develop further the debate. Based on presentations and discussions between academics, policymakers and practitioners, the summary synthesises different perspectives around engagement and in doing so provides a rich seam of thinking for those new to or already interested in the debate. The seminars summarised are entitled: faith-based voluntary action; ICT, social capital and voluntary action; individual pathways in participation; localism and local governance; from local to global; and, human rights, a tool for change. This publication aims to summarise the six seminars by highlighting the key messages, findings and recommendations of each seminar and identifying key issues for policy, practice and research across the seminar series.