Poll shows public don’t know how to support local charities

People’s Postcode Lottery has found thousands of big-hearted Brits are desperate to help their local charities but don’t know how 

Thousands of big-hearted Brits are desperate to help their local charities but don’t know which ones are in their area or how they can muck in.
That’s according to new research commissioned by People’s Postcode Lottery which shows that a vast army of good samaritans are ready and willing to help raise funds and try to transform lives and, according to the statistics, while they clearly value the contribution that neighbourhood initiatives make to society, they want to play their own part.
The findings launch today (Thursday, 14 December) ahead of government-backed Local Charities Day which highlights the work of small groups making significant contributions and differences to their communities.
They show:
  • Nearly two-thirds of people (61%) say they value the contribution that local charities make to society
  • Just over one quarter of respondents (26%) say they are unsure what contribution local charities make to society
  • More than a quarter of people (27%) say they would like to do more to support local charities
  • Nearly one third of people (32%) say they simply do not know how they can support local charities
People’s Postcode Lottery Ambassador Fiona Phillips said: “Local Charities Day is a great opportunity to celebrate the incredible work charities do and the life-changing difference they make. People clearly love local charities but this research shows they want and need more information about how they can help in their area.
“Helping local charities doesn’t need to be an enormous commitment. If people can spare an hour of their week to volunteer, this can be really rewarding and offers much needed support to local initiatives. Local groups are crying out for people to volunteer their professional skills so think how your day job could benefit a good cause on your doorstep. Many local charities will have social media pages that you can follow and keep up to date with what they’re doing.
“With Christmas round the corner there is always the possibility of receiving unwanted presents, why not donate these to a charity shop rather than having them sitting at the back of a drawer? As well as donating, make sure you shop in local charity shops, you’ll find some excellent bargains and will be supporting good causes at the same time.
“Players of People’s Postcode Lottery have raised over £255 million for charities, and I’m proud that over 3,000 local good causes have received funding to date.”
For details of projects and initiatives local to you, visit: The Local Charities Day interactive map to find local charities in your area. You can also use websites such as Localgiving or CharityChoice to find local charities near you.
For community projects looking for funding, Postcode Community Trust , Postcode Local Trust, and People’s Postcode Trust which are all funded by players of People’s Postcode Lottery, will be open for applications in February 2018. For more information, visit the websites of the appropriate Trusts.
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