This week is Small Charity Week and research published yesterday suggests that “almost half of Brits have received the support or services of local charities” in the last year.
Insurance company PolicyBee conducted the poll on 2,000 people across the UK.
The survey showed that young people are leading the way in community spirit and charitable donations.
With 48% of 25-34 year olds who volunteer doing so to give back to their community.
A further 11% of the age group said the volunteer to actually feel part of their community.
I spoke to Samuel Mundy who used to make regular donations to a national charity.
He said: “I stopped because I didn’t feel like my donations were doing anything.”
Adding: “I would donate to another charity if I felt like I had a direct impact on something.”
Samuel believes that charities, especially local ones are important as; “in these economic conditions it is the poorest and most vulnerable that will suffer the most and those that are able to help should do so to reduce the severity of the issue.”
He is not the only young person to think that charity is something we must all get involved in.
Victoria Raynsford is a volunteer for her local branch of ActionTutoring.
In the past four years alone she has spent a summer in Malawi renovating a hospital, volunteered as a shop assistant in a branch of Oxfam. And in her own community has been responsible for organising events for locals.
This is what she had to say:
Small Charity Week began on Monday with the I ❤️Small Charities Day. A day dedicated to raising the profiles of small local charities across the country.
On Tuesday it was the Big Advice Day, a day of free one to one support across the country for small charities to get expert advice at a national event in London and smaller events across the country.
Today was Policy Day, a chance for the voices of smaller charities to be heard by policy makers. Again this was a mixture of regional events across the country and a national event in London.
Tomorrow is Fundraising Day,a chance for smaller charities to engage with current and new supporters.
By being a part of Small Charity Week charities can take advantage of schemes such as #givemefive where £5 donations are doubled on the day.
Friday is Volunteering a chance for charities to find volunteers and citizens to find charities. Day,
The week ends on Saturday also known as Celebration Day. Across the UK charities and communities will be hosting events to thank the charities for their work.
So make sure you get involved this week and help your community celebrate your local charities.