A total of 960 learning opportunities have been made available as part of the Office for Civil Society’s Local Charities Day on 16 December.
The government is partnering with the Foundation for Social Improvement (FSI) to deliver over 560 face-to-face fundraising training programmes across eight UK cities, including London, Newcastle, Ipswich, Bristol, Birmingham, Brighton, Manchester and Leeds in the lead-up to Local Charities Day.
Some 20 webinars with 400 available spaces will also be made available on the day itself, which takes place on 16 December. Participants will have access to a Twitter Q&A, toolkits and additional resources, the FSI said.
Local Charities Day was announced by the minister for civil society Rob Wilson in the summer, with the aim of raising awareness of the work of smaller regional charities.
In a statement last week, Wilson said the day was a “time when we all shout from the rooftops about small, local charities and the amazing work they do”.
“Their energy, commitment, passion and expertise is clear, the benefits they bring to communities is not only undeniable but also invaluable, so let’s make it our mission to celebrate their work,” he said.
Pauline Broomhead, chief executive of the FSI said the organisation’s Small Charity Index over the past three years has seen demand for the services of small charities rise by 65 per cent over the past three years.
“We are delighted with the commitment shown by the government to the ongoing support for small local charities who are the very glue that hold our society together,” she said.