Volunteers pledge their time for Local Charities Day

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport is using social media to encourage people to volunteer for their local charity ahead of 14 December’s Local Charties Day.

Joe Lepper | 5th Dec 18
Image shows volunteers with speech bubbles above their heads, representing how they're pledging online

People are being urged to volunteer their time to help a local charity as part of the government’s annual campaign to celebrate the good work of local charities.

A raft of online promotion is taking place ahead of Local Charities Day (14 December), which is in its third year and this time around focuses on boosting volunteering.

Activity on social media has included a Local Charities Day Power Hour, where earlier this week the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DDCMS) asked charities and those pledging their time to share their stories via its Twitter account.

Hashtags being used in the campaign include #LocalCharitiesDay and #pledgeYOURTtime.

Among those featured is Sophie Thompson, who has pledged 20 hours to volunteer for The Befriending Scheme, which helps vulnerable people affected by isolation and loneliness.

Another is Simon, who has pledged 45 hours of his time to help the Light Project Peterborough, a Christian charity that runs projects including a winter night shelter.

Celebrating unsung heroes

Sport and Civil Society minister Mims Davies said: “This year, we are highlighting the importance of giving by encouraging people to pledge their time to a local charity, alongside championing the phenomenal and life-changing work of local charities, while shining a huge spotlight on local charity champions – the unsung heroes who always go the extra mile for their charity, the people and causes they support.”

To help people volunteer the DDCMS has created an interactive Local Charities Day map to help people find charities near them. Volunteers can pledge their time online here.

In addition a Local Charities Day digital toolkit has been made available to help charities take part in the event.