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Small Charity Week (13-18 June)

Written by on 15th June 2016

New research released to celebrate Small Charity Week (13-18 June) has revealed that Wales is a community-minded country, embracing small local charities and community groups and the charitable services they provide.

Concept of charityFindings show that almost half of Welsh residents have received the support of local charities in their community, with 78% of those having benefited directly from charitable support or services over the past 12 months.

The UK-wide poll of 2000 people, carried out by specialist charity insurance broker, PolicyBee, also highlights the importance of charity shops in Welsh communities, finding that 77% of those that have supported a local charity in the last year, did so by purchasing an item from a charity shop.

Other popular forms of getting involved and supporting local charities included donating online (32%), attending a charity event (26%) and volunteering (19%).

Overall, many Brits feel there is a strong connection between charity and local community, with almost 50% of those that volunteer locally, choosing to do so simply to ‘give back to their communities’.

Findings show it is the younger generation of 25-34 year-olds who lead the way when it comes to community spirit, with 48% of those that have ever volunteered stating they volunteer to give back to their community, 11% do so to feel a part of their community.

The research also illustrates the different perceptions that the public has of the concept of charity. When asked what the word ‘charitable’ meant to them, results were wide-ranging. 73% believe it means giving up your time or money to someone in need, 60% believe charitable means giving food or other aid, 55% stated it is using your skills for a good cause and 39% said it is spreading knowledge of worthy causes and people in need.

This news comes from research undertaken by OnePoll on behalf of PolicyBee to gain a better understanding of the environment in which small local charities and community groups operate.

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