You may not be aware but this week (19th-24th June) is Small Charity Week in the UK.
Small Charity Week celebrates and raises awareness of the essential work done by the UK’s small charity sector; work that make an invaluable contribution to the lives of millions of individuals, communities and causes across the UK and the rest of the world.
Are you a small charity who thinks big? Send us your photos and stories of what you’re doing to celebrate Small Charity Week! Email firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information about these incredible charities look on Twitter at #SmallCharitiesWeek or #IloveSmallCharities to see the amazing work which happens on your doorstep. You can also take a look at the numerous stories of community transport organisations across the UK on this blog.
The Community Transport Association has a membership of over 1,600 charities and community groups. Many of them are classified as small in size BUT they think big in all parts of the UK, on every day of the year. Through the hard work of thousands of community transport staff and volunteers they help people to stay independent, participate in their communities and to access vital services and employment.
Using everything from minibuses to mopeds, typical services include voluntary car schemes, community bus services, school transport, hospital transport, dial-a-ride, wheels to work and group hire services. Most services are demand-responsive, taking people from door to door, but a growing number are offering scheduled services along fixed routes where conventional bus services aren’t available.
These sort of weeks often pass us by – we’re all busy and life is hectic! I would, however, ask everyone to take a moment this week just to look at some of the amazing stories and organisations that operate near your home or workplace and, potentially, to offer some help.
But how can one person help? I hear your cry!
It might seem small, but even a like or a re-tweet via social media is a promotion of the work of a small charity – raising awareness of what they do to a wider audience. Take a look at ctablog.org, #CommunityTransport or #LoveTransport to find out more!
Or how about a small donation to fundraising efforts, or volunteering an hour of your time? If you do any of these things, or anything else, please do let us know as this does encourage others to consider helping the smaller operations who care and do so much often without thanks or appreciation.
In a recent report that we published, we found that 74% of our members supported passengers to health settings: to the hospital or to see their doctor for example. Only 24% however were remunerated for this work by any local NHS body. Part of this disconnect is often due to a lack of recognition for the services they provide and this is just one reason why it’s so important to champion and promote the work they do.
So please, this week, BIG UP small charities and make them feel loved!