Rob Wilson announces plans for Local Charities Day

The Minister for Civil Society says it will take place later this year

Rob Wilson
Rob Wilson

Rob Wilson, the Minister for Civil Society, has announced plans for a Local Charities Day, which would take place later this year to celebrate local charities and community groups.

Wilson made the announcement at a round-table event hosted by the Cabinet Office in London on Thursday, before it was announced that the charities brief would be transferred to the Department for Culture Media & Sport.

It is not yet clear when the day will take place or what it will consist of.

Wilson said at the event that the Cabinet Office would offer £250,000 in match funding for a fundraising campaign that encourages giving to these groups.

In a speech, he said he was "only too aware" that small charities had been affected by the poor fundraising practices of some large organisations and he wanted to help raise the profile of local charities to give them the recognition they deserved.

He said that more than 260 smaller organisations had been granted close to £18m from the Cabinet Office’s £20m Local Sustainability Fund and the Small Charities Fundraising Training Programme, which opened for applications last December, had helped hundreds of small charities to increase their income.

"We should shout from the rooftops about the energy, the commitment, the expertise that small and local charities bring," he said. "I will be doing all I can to ensure these responsive, locally engaged and committed organisations get the recognition they deserve."

A Cabinet Office spokesman told Third Sector that more details, including a date for Local Charities Day, would be released in due course.

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