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Practical support bulletin: May 2024

Our small charity support manager Amy Walton shares resources, events and information on the big issues affecting small charities.

Small Charity Week 2024

Small Charity Week 2024 is fast approaching. Join us from the 24 to 28 June to celebrate small charities across the UK.

In our recent small charity survey, you told us the areas you need support with right now. We identified five key themes which we’ll be exploring across the week through events, webinars and resources.

  • Monday 24 June: Funding and fundraising
  • Tuesday 25 June: Digital and technology
  • Wednesday 26 June: Strategy and evaluation
  • Thursday 27 June: Marketing and communications
  • Friday 28 June: HR and people management

Free Small Charity Week webinars

Advertise your Small Charity Week events

Are you running an event for Small Charity Week? Fill in our quick form by 20 May 2024 to advertise your event on the Small Charity Week website.

Energy support surgeries

Utility Aid is offering one-to-one 20-minute surgeries on Monday 24 and Tuesday 25 June for Small Charity Week. Surgeries are a chance for small charities to speak to a trained advisor about energy use.

Utility Aid can support with queries about:

  • VAT
  • energy usage and meter profiles
  • billing issues
  • working towards net-zero
  • navigating the energy market.

Sign up for a Utility Aid surgery

Volunteering events and resources

Volunteers’ Week 2024

Get ready for the 40th anniversary of Volunteers’ Week, taking place from 3 to 9 June!

New resources are now available to download from the Volunteers’ Week website. Resources include thank you cards and certificates for volunteers, guidance on using the new Volunteers’ Week brand, and social media assets to help spread the word.

Download Volunteers’ Week resources

The Big Help Out 2024

The Big Help Out takes place from 7 to 9 June, at the end of Volunteers' Week. This year the campaign focuses on supporting under-represented communities in volunteering.

Free consultancy support

We can offer support to help you plan and deliver your Big Help Out activities. For example, you might be interested in:

  • hosting an event to attract new volunteers
  • developing a flexible 'action' that people can do to show support for your cause
  • advertising your volunteering opportunities on the Big Help Out digital platform.

If you'd like to explore any of the above, or if you have something else in mind you’d like to discuss, email Gethyn Williams.

The Vision for Volunteering

The Vision for Volunteering is offering two free training sessions in June for those who engage with volunteers.

  • Community reporting training12 June, 14.00 to 17.00. Learn how to collect and present stories of lived experience to help support your work.
  • Ripple effect mapping18 June, 10.00 to 11.30. Learn how to visually measure the impact of your work with volunteers.

Digital and technology support

Find a partner for your next digital project

Dovetail can connect you with over 250 digital agencies and freelancers. The site includes information on services offered, day rates, guide budgets, past clients and testimonials.

Dovetail also provides a briefing template, scoring template and partner-selection guidance. It has all the tools you need to help your small charity find a partner that fits.

Get started with Dovetail

Get free digital advice

Digital Candle is a collective of over 300 volunteer experts from across the digital sector. They offer up to one hour of free expert digital advice, specifically tailored for charities. No question is too broad or too niche.

Submit your question to Digital Candle

Donations and discounts from leading digital brands

Charity Digital Exchange is a software donation platform and online database. They offer digital products for free or at a discounted rate to charities.

Eligible UK charities can access free or discounted Microsoft solutions. This includes Azure, Dynamics 365, Microsoft 365, and more.

Sign up to the Charity Digital Exchange

Essential reading

Share your views

Banking challenges

Have you experienced challenges with banking? We’re working with partners across the voluntary sector to improve access to suitable banking services.

Tell us about your banking experiences

The deadline to respond is 12.00 on Wednesday 15 May.

Charity sector leadership programme

We’re developing a leadership programme and are keen to get your input. We want to know:

  • what support your organisation needs
  • what style of learning would be most valuable to you
  • your thoughts on challenges, topics and the best methods for delivering training.

Share your feedback on our leadership programme

The deadline to respond is 31 May. If you have any questions or would like to find out more, email Libby McVeigh.

Do you believe in the Power of Small?

The Power of Small is our new project looking at how infrastructure organisations can best support small charities in the future.

We’re about to start the research phase of the project. Our research partners Fair Collective will soon be in touch with information on how to get involved.

If you have any questions about the project, please email Fiona Dwyer.


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This page was last reviewed for accuracy on 09 May 2024

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