Small charities are the centre of Civil Society. In the UK 97% of charities have an annual turnover of less than £1.5 million but in terms of impact on local communities here and across the globe their contribution is phenomenal. It is important therefore that the voices of small charities are heard above the noise created by larger and better resourced charities.
Policy Day provides small charities with the opportunity to raise their profile and engage with influencers on issues affecting them. To mark Policy Day 2017, we hosted two events in London as well as events around the country in partnership with local authorities.
1.Small Charity Week Policy Reception
A policy reception was held on June 21st in Westminster. Focusing on trustee skills and training, the evening will be an opportunity for small charity trustees to network and promote good governance.
Date: 21st June 2017
Time: 18:00 – 20:00
Location: Westminster, London
Please note: This event is for small charity Trustees only. On booking, you will be asked to pay a £50 deposit to secure your place. During Small Charity Week the Trustees of the FSI are donating the normal £15 booking fee usually charged for events organised and run by the FSI. You will therefore receive a full refund of your £50 deposit within 5 working days of the event as set out within our cancellation policy.
2. Small Charities International Development Debate
The event took place on 21st June in Church House Westminster. Chaired by Deborah Doane, the event was an opportunity to bring together academics, small charities and those working in international development to debate the issue, “Small charities have no role in international development: the Global South should take ownership of their own development needs.”
Chaired by Deborah Doane, writer on international development and sustainability for the Guardian, speakers include:
- Olivia Barker, Kids Club Kampala
- Dan Brockington, Sheffield Institute for International Development
- Josephine Carlsson, Feed the Minds
- Christine Hancock, C3 Collaborating for Health
- Lynne Morris, Toybox
Date: 21st June 2017
Time: 10:15 – 11:45
Location: Church House Westminster, London
Please note: This event is for senior small charity staff members or Trustees only. On booking, you will be asked to pay a £50 deposit to secure your place. During Small Charity Week the Trustees of the FSI are donating the normal £15 booking fee usually charged for events organised and run by the FSI. You will therefore receive a full refund of your £50 deposit within 5 working days of the event as set out within our cancellation policy.
3. Local Events
Policy Day offered small charities across the UK the chance to meet and engage with policy makers, commissioners and influencers to discuss the issues affecting them in their local areas.
CVS South Gloucestershire
The West of England Civil Society Partnership is delighted to offer this opportunity for colleagues from across the VCSE sector to meet and hear from the newly elected West of England Mayor Tim Bowles, about his priorities for Transport, Housing, Adult Education and skills. How will the Mayor work in partnership with sector to ensure that we continue to play a vital role in the West of England? Places are free but limited so book today.
A celebration of Small Groups and Charities in Leeds
Find out about advice, training and support available to help run and develop your group and support volunteers. There is a particular focus on Funding with the launch of the Funding Leeds search engine and a chance to try it out.
Be better informed and influence what is happening in Leeds:
Find out about community sector networks and forums that your group can be part of – the local, citywide and thematic public sector and voluntary and community sector networks and forums that your group can be part of. Find out about Community Committees, Third Sector Leeds and Third Sector Leeds Goes Local.
For more info and to book your place, click here.
Connect Hertfordshire – Facebook Live
Ruth Harrington, Head of Community Wellbeing team at Hertfordshire County Council talks to Connect Hertfordshire about why small charities are important to her work. You can watch the recording here.
Small Charity Week is supported by
Provident’s primary social benefit is making financial products and services available in a responsible manner to those who are not well served by mainstream providers. Alongside this, we help the communities in which our customers live and work.
Through our Good Neighbour community investment programme we support projects tailored to meet the needs of our communities, through direct financial support, encouraging our people to volunteer and through employee matched fundraising.
Our approach enables us to support a range of grass roots community organisations across the UK and Ireland. So we’re delighted to be sponsoring this year’s Small Charities Week in partnership with the FSI.