Department for Culture, Media and Sport
Taking place on 16 December, Local Charities Day will shine a spotlight on the work of small, local charities and community groups across the UK.
Three in four of us give to charity in the average month, and its estimated that in 2015 we gave around 10 billion to charity. Small charities represent 97% of the charitable sector but they only account for around 20% of its income. Local Charities Day will highlight the brilliant work local charities do, bringing so much benefit to the communities they support.
Welcoming the day, Minister for Civil Society Rob Wilson said:
Up and down the country there are people working tirelessly in local charities to improve the lives of those living in our communities. Their commitment and enthusiasm often goes unrecognised and I want us to change that.
Local Charities Day means we can say a collective thank you to these organisations and the unsung heroes whose work is helping to build a society for everyone.
On 16 December you can show your support for small, local charities and community groups near you by:
- Sharing pictures and messages of support on Facebook and Twitter alongside the #LocalCharitiesDay hashtag.
- Adding the #LocalCharitiesDay Twibbon and social media graphics to your channels
- Donating 5 to a local charity through the #GiveMe5 campaign which will see 1,000 donations made on Local Charities Day doubled through funding from government and a philanthropist.
- Do you volunteer or work for a local charity? Post a short video message about what you do on social media.
- Are you a small, local charity looking for fundraising training and advice? Government is funding a range of free training sessions on Local Charities Day. You can sign up to the Foundation for Social Improvement (FSI) and GlobalGivings training webinars now. The FSI is also running a twitter chat on fundraising between 1-3pm using the #AskTheFundraiser hashtag.
- Sign up to the #LocalCharitiesDay Thunderclap
The Day builds on the support Government is already providing for small, local charities, including:
- Putting small charities at the heart of public services
- Helping charities to secure and enhance their services through the Local Sustainability Fund
- Incentivising donations through the Grow Your Tenner campaign which is projected to have raised over 1 million for more than 1,300 local charities and community groups
- Legislating to simplify the Gift Aid Small Donations Scheme
Read about the work of charities near you on the #LocalCharitiesDay blog.