Small Charity Week takes place each year to celebrate and raise awareness of the essential work of small charities and the contribution they make to the lives of millions of individuals, communities and causes across the UK and around the world.
Small charities add huge value to our communities and that’s been highlighted during the recent Covid-19 crisis in the UK. It’s been the smaller, leaner voluntary groups who have often taken a lead in coordinating the frontline response effort, teaming up with local councils, residents and small businesses to support the vulnerable and isolated.
Being smaller, these voluntary organisations are often already involved in community networks and are able to take decisions and respond more rapidly to changing and uncertain situations.
Leadership lessons for Small Charity Week
Employees from voluntary and community sector organisations of all shapes and sizes across North Yorkshire have been studying the OU’s free leadership courses together during lockdown. Participants of the North Yorkshire learning club have been sharing experiences and supporting each other online to learn how to develop their leadership and collaborative practice just as it’s needed most.
Support and guidance
Free Small Charity Week events are available for smaller organisations looking for support and guidance (register early as places are filling fast):
NCVO free webinar 17 June 2pm ‘Building organisational resilience: things for small charities to consider’.
FSI workshops on cyber security in a virtual world and managing risk. Free to small charities with an annual turnover under £1 million. Membership of the FSI is free for charities, community groups and CICs with an annual turnover under £1 million, with free and heavily subsidised training and support all year round.
Community First Yorkshire’s community gateway offers support and guidance on your doorstep with free resources, subsidised training and network events across North Yorkshire for voluntary and community organisations.
Access our free webinars and training to support your organisation during Covid-19 and beyond.
Sign up for our free webinar for trustees on making decisions in tough times or join our Being the Best Trustee subsidised event to reflect on best practice with other board members in North Yorkshire.
Small charities often have less staff and rely heavily on volunteers to deliver their services and trustees to guide their direction.
Are you a small organisation looking for fresh or specialist skills such as IT, planning and risk management, fundraising or marketing, or in need of extra volunteering support to meet demand for your services?
Would you like to support small charities or community groups in your area, or get involved in a particular cause as a volunteer or trustee?
Register your roles or search opportunities for free on our Volunteering in North Yorkshire directory.
Leading the way
The majority of responders to our recent survey about leadership needs were from smaller charities with less than a 1 million annual turnover. Taking a leadership approach to running organisations in these challenging times, can make us more resilient, more able to work with others within and beyond our sector and take collective decisions, and can broaden our perspectives.
The leadership hub on our Community Gateway offers resources, development, networking and mentoring opportunities for everyone in North Yorkshire’s voluntary and community sector, including smaller organisations and Chairs.
Leadership Hub resources
Hear voluntary sector leaders in North Yorkshire talking about their leadership journeys with our regularly updated video blogs.
Find out more about free online short leadership courses with the Open University’s Centre for Voluntary Sector Leadership (Introducing Leadership Practice in the Voluntary Sector; Collaborative Leadership) or how to start your own leadership learning club.
Dip in to leadership during Covid-19 learning materials and videos for Small Charity Week on the Open University’s website.
Look up leadership podcasts, videos, news and articles in the resources page of our leadership hub.
Small Charity Week is run by the Foundation for Social Improvement (FSI) in partnership with NCVO and others.