Umbrella body unlocks member-only content for 24 hours as part of Local Charities Day

Apart from this move by the NCVO, a number of other initiatives are being facilitated by a dedicated website

For today only, charities can access free expert guidance on issues such as managing volunteers, as part of Local Charities Day.

The National Council for Voluntary Organisations is celebrating the day by unlocking member-only content that is particularly suitable for smaller organisations.

The NCVO, which has more than 13,000 members, has unlocked guidance on volunteers and the law, business planning and income diversification for 24 hours.

Various other initiatives are under way, many of which are using the hashtag #LocalCharitiesDay.

The Department for Digital, Culture Media & Sport is encouraging people to donate time to local charities on a dedicated website, which also champions local charities and local charity champions.

So far 1,728 hours have been pledged. They include the Leicester City Community Trust pledging 30 hours to support the mental health charity Lamp and a woman called Jayne Crumpleton pledging 100 hours to help the Chorley VCSF Network in Lancashire.

Mims Davies, who was appointed Minister for Sport and Civil Society last month, has uploaded a video on the DCMS twitter account promoting the initiative.

Davies has also blogged on the DCMS website that she "could not be more excited about building on the success of the last two years, where people, communities and organisations from across the UK have shown tremendous support for their local charities by getting so involved".

The local infrastructure body Navca is running an online advent calendar that highlights the work of various local infrastucture groups each day until Christmas.

Jane Ide, chief executive of Navca, said: "From our members' point of view, every day is local charities day, so we want to draw attention to what they do."

A spokeswoman for the Small Charities Coalition said it was supporting the DCMS initiatives on its social media channels.

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