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Local Charities Day announced to celebrate role of community charities

18 Jul 2016 News

Leathersellers' Hall, the home of the Leathersellers' Company

The government has announced plans to hold a Local Charities Day to celebrate small community-based charities.

The announcement was made in a speech on Friday by Rob Wilson, minister for civil society.

The OCS said the day will take place later this year but could not confirm any further details.

“Whilst small charities make up 97 per cent of all registered charities in the UK, all the media coverage seems to go on the big guys,” Wilson said in a speech in London to the Leathersellers Company, a national grant-giving charity (pictured).

“It ignores what the vast majority are doing, day in, day out, to serve their communities. Through tough times, I’ve been impressed to see many small, local charities adapting to challenges by finding different sources of funding and banding together to reduce costs.

“It is impressive to see these charities adapting whilst keeping focus on what is best for their communities.

“We should shout from the rooftops about the energy, the commitment, the expertise that small and local charities bring. And that’s why I am delighted to announce plans for a Local Charities Day - a celebration of local charities and community groups that will take place later this year.

“We want to help small, local organisations become more independent, more resilient and more sustainable. That is why we are building capability, encouraging giving, supporting investment and cutting red tape.”

 

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