Local Charities Day 16 December 2016

23 November 2016

The first ever Local Charities Day is taking place on 16 December this year. The initiative, from the Office of Civil Society within the Department of Media, Culture and Sport, aims to raise awareness of small, local charities to make sure they get the recognition they deserve.

Minister for Civil Society, Rob Wilson, said, "On Local Charities Day, I want us all to shout from the rooftops about small, local charities: their energy, commitment, expertise and the benefits they bring to their communities."

As part of their support to the sector, the Government has committed to £250k of matchfunding into Localgiving's GrowYourTenner and #GiveMe5 campaigns.

Training opportunities

To support Local Charities Day the Foundation for Social Improvement (FSI) are offering free of charge training places to FSI members. They will be delivering 28 workshops with 560 free of charge delegate places and 20 online webinars with 400 free of charge places.  The training is aimed at small, local charities and covers a wide variety of topics such as fundraising, managing volunteers or impact measurement.  Find out more.

Also supporting Local Charities Day is Global Giving Uk who are offering free of charge places on webinars running on 16 December on how to maximise crowdfunding.  They are also running an afternoon workshop in London on business planning for small charities.  Find out more. 

What will you be doing?

If you've got plans for Local Charities Day please let us know.  We'd love to hear what you're doing and will help spread the word.  Drop an email to

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