Get involved with your community in Small Charity Week 2011Week-long campaign to showcase local good causes

21 June 2011

Giving to charity

Small Charity Week showcases the vital work done by thousands of smaller, local charities, and encourages individuals to get involved in their own community

This week is Small Charity Week 2011, designed to showcase smaller charities and the effect they have on local communities.

There are thousands of charities in the UK that struggle to match the big players' advertising budgets. Small Charity Week (SCW) aims to give these charities greater publicity.

Small Charity Week is the Big Society in action

Which? principal researcher Martyn Saville commented: 'Small Charity Week is an excellent way for charities to gain recognition for the vital work they do. It also encourages individuals to find out about what's happening in their local community. This venture is a great example of the government's Big Society project in action. I'd encourage everyone to have a look at the SCW website and to get involved.'

Malcolm Hayday chief executive of Charity Bank, which lends to social and community projects, said: 'It is inspiring to focus on the small charities that are changing lives and benefiting local communities each and every day. Small Charity Week is an opportunity to recognise the big impacts small charities are delivering and an encouragement for us all to get involved with a small charity ourselves.”

Checking a charity

If you're thinking about donating to a smaller charity, or getting involved in its activities, you can check whether it's a registered charity by searching the Charity Commission's website. With 161,834 registered charities in England and Wales alone, there are plenty of good causes to choose from. The Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator is the independent regulator and registrar of Scottish charities. It lists 22,303 registered charities. In Northern Ireland, charities are regulated by the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland.

For more information on donating, read the Which? Money news article 7 great ways to donate to charity.

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