The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport has said it aims to reach 1,000 hours of pledged volunteering time for its 2018 Local Charities Day campaign.
Local Charities Day will take place on Friday 14 December this year, and a spokeswoman from DCMS said that the government hoped members of the public would collectively pledge 1,000 hours of volunteering for local good causes.
So far 664 hours of volunteering have been pledged.
According to DCMS, over 1,200 charities have signed up to take part in the campaign, but charities can register at any time between now and next Friday.
In a blog published in November as part of the launch of Local Charities Day 2018, Mims Davies, the new minister civil society, said she “could not be more excited” to build on the campaign’s successes in its third year.
She said Local Charities Day 2018 will aim to “build on the work of our recently published Civil Society Strategy” which she said focused on “enhancing relationships between business, charities and local areas, to help communities grow.”
She said DCMS hopes that this year’s event will encourage people to “pledge their time to a local charity, alongside championing the phenomenal and life-changing work of local charities, while shining a huge spotlight on local charity champions”.
Local charities can add their details to DCMS’s interactive Local Charities Day map to encourage people to register. DCMS will also be pushing the campaign on its social media channels using the #LocalCharitiesDay hashtag.