Small Charity Week: raising awareness of small charities in Buckinghamshire

Small Charity Week (15th to 20th June 2020) celebrates and raises awareness of the essential work carried out by the UK small charity sector.

Small charities within Buckinghamshire make an invaluable contribution to the lives of individuals, communities and causes; during the COVID-19 pandemic, it has been clear how important these organisations have been in supporting local communities and ensuring the continuation of essential services.

Small Charity Week gives you the chance to shout out about what you do and the difference you make, as well as take part in training and advice opportunities at a local and national level.

How you can get involved and benefit from Small Charity Week

Day 1: I ♥ Small Charities Day (15th June)

This is a day to raise awareness of the work of all small charities across in Buckinghamshire and across the UK. Read about some of our local charities here – why don’t you tell people about your organisation and join the conversation? #SmallCharityWeek

Day 2: Big Advice Day (16 June)

We are offering our free, 1:1 Advice Plus sessions as part of Big Advice Day. These one hour appointments will be delivered by telephone or MS Teams. Do you have a particular issue you would like to discuss or would you benefit from talking through your funding or volunteering strategies? See how we helped Medi-SOS and Buckingham Park C of E PTA.

  • Book here for a session on Funding or Governance
  • Book here for a session on Volunteer Recruitment and Management

The FSI is also running three online workshops to mark Big Advice Day: Core Costs – How charities can be more innovative and resilient; Managing Risk during a Crisis; and Keeping your small charity secure online during Coronavirus.

You can also find key advice and guidance to help you decide what steps your organisation should take in response to the COVID-19 outbreak on our COVID-19 support to groups webpages.

Day 3: Policy Day (17 June)

Learn about organisational resilience, with particular reference to the impact of COVID-19, in a webinar led by Beth Clarke, CAF’s Resilience Programme Manager (2-3pm). For more information, go to Building organisational resilience: Things for small charities to consider.

Day 4: Fundraising Day (18 June)

Do your fundraising activities need be revised? Have a look at our fundraising advice, tips and funding opportunities, and book on the Virtual FSI Fundraising Conference covering a range of fundraising topics.

Day 5: Small Charity Big Impact Day (19 June)

This day focuses on raising awareness of the incredible impact that UK small charities have, which is not always recognised.

Using the template provided why not take a photo or record a short (10-20 second) video highlighting the amazing impact you made over the past 12 months. Post it on social media using #SmallCharityBigImpactDay and tag Community Impact Bucks if you would like us to share your news.

 If you need more help about measuring your impact take a look at the resources on our website.

 Day 6: Small Charity Appreciation Day (20 June)

None of the impact small charities achieve would be possible without the hard work and commitment of the volunteers and staff behind them. That is why Small Charity Appreciation Day 2020 is about paying a special tribute to all those who have contributed so much, especially in the immediate response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Share your appreciation using the hashtag #AppreciationDay and tag Community Impact Bucks.

Support from Community Impact Bucks

We are here to support you in Small Charity Week as well as the rest of the year and can give you advice on all aspects of running a voluntary organisation, including funding, governance and recruiting and managing volunteers both during the crisis and beyond. We also have a dedicated area for COVID-19 local community response groups to support local people who have come together to support vulnerable and isolated residents.

Here’s some of the ways you can get help:

With our experience and network of contacts, both at a county and a national level, we’re here to help you find solutions to your questions. Get in touch with us by email for help with any problems, large or small.