Local Charities & Community Groups Need Your Help More Than Ever to Support Local People Over the Festive Season
It has been a difficult year for lots of local community groups and charities who have struggled to deliver their services and activities in lockdown and even to raise vital funds to keep things running. So this Winter, we’d like to encourage as many local businesses, groups and organisations as possible to ‘Give Local’.
There are still some opportunities for Covid-safe volunteering as a team to:
- wrap presents,
- pack up Christmas meal boxes
- deliver presents and meals
- or collect Christmas trees for recycling
but you may also need to think about perhaps having an advent or Christmas hamper collection of goods or money that you can donate to a group that’s local to you, or a cause that’s close to your heart.
Lots of these groups are having to think creatively about how they offer festive support to those in need (so for example, groups that would normally be hosting a Christmas meal for people on their own, may be delivering meals to people in their homes), and groups may be asking for money to buy gifts, food and supplies, rather than donations to make sure that they can stay Covid-safe. Plus, lots of small local community and mutual aid groups, and foodbanks are helping people in crisis or difficulty, and need urgent supplies.
On top of this, many groups are also desperately trying to fill their funding gaps, and are currently taking part in 2 local fundraising/crowdfunding schemes (One Community’s Match It Fund and Kirklees Council’s Growing Great Places). Any money that you give them now can be doubled (up to a total of £5000 with Growing Great Places. So, if you can spare any cash – maybe because you won’t be having an office Christmas party or office Secret Santa, or you won’t be sending corporate gifts or cards this year – it would make a huge difference to a charity or group in your local community.
And if you check out our full list of ways that you can:
you’ll see that we’ve also included activities that teams could get involved in at home, perhaps with their families, and ways that you can nominate someone in your community to receive a gift or treat.