On Thursday the 26th of April, key voluntary sector bodies including NCVO, IoF, DCMS, SCC, Lloyds Foundation and DSC gathered at the headquarters of the Sage Foundation, to debate the findings of Localgiving’s latest Local Charity and Community Group Sustainability Report.
The report found that local charities and community groups in the UK are stretched to breaking point. Over recent years, cuts and austerity measures have increased the burden on local charities and community groups. Many groups are now facing a trade-off between the quality and the durability of their services.
Paul Streets OBE, Chief Executive, Lloyds Bank Foundation for England & Wales said:
“As a funder of small and local charities, every day we see examples of organisations stretched to capacity facing rising demand and increasingly uncertain futures. This report shows that now more than ever it is important that we speak up for charities on the frontline supporting people facing the greatest challenges, helping to raise their voices too. The upcoming Civil Society Strategy needs to grasp this as a chance to shift the focus of government back towards the value and needs of these local charities, through reforming commissioning and supporting their vital role in communities.”