19 Jun 2017
The important work of more than 75 representatives of small and local charities that tackle disadvantage in communities across Wales were recognised by Welsh Assembly Members at a reception at the Senedd on 13 June 2017.
The reception was jointly hosted by Lloyds Bank Foundation for
England and Wales, one of the UK's leading community grant makers
who fund many charities in Wales and WCVA.
Sponsored by Jane Hutt AM, Leader of the House and Chief Whip,
the reception gave small and local charities working across Wales
the opportunity to meet with local Assembly Members and share the
challenges they face supporting individuals in need and delivering
vital public services in today's tough economic climate.
Small and local charities play a critical but often unseen role
in communities across Wales, supporting people often pushed to the
fringes of society. But small charities are facing unprecedented
pressures from funding cuts and with growing demand for their
services, many are struggling to stay afloat. Lloyds Bank
Foundation and WCVA are keen to raise greater awareness of the
important contribution small charities make and ensure they are
supported to survive the turbulent times ahead.
Michael Sheen, Honorary President, WCVA said: 'Small charities
play a vital role in delivering key services, often locally and
with minimal resources but maximum effort. I've met so many
incredible small charities and I am always astounded by the level
of dedication, ambition and grit shown by those leading them, the
volunteers supporting them and the communities they engage. Now
more than ever we need to be thinking about the future, finding
ways to cooperate so that we all do better, building a happier,
healthier, stronger Wales.'
Jane Hutt AM, Chief Whip and Leader of the House said: 'As a
trustee of a small local charity, Vale People First in Glamorgan, I
know first-hand just how much local people value the support they
receive from small charities. The Welsh Government is
committed to a strong and vibrant voluntary sector and recognises
the vital role charities have to play in securing the sustainable
delivery of public services for local people.'
Professor Patricia Broadfoot CBE, Vice-Chair of Lloyds Bank
Foundation for England and Wales, said: 'We know Welsh charities
have a strong history of supporting people facing disadvantage and
we also know that many innovations and new ways of supporting
people in need, have come from small charities that are rooted in
their local communities. Yet small charities are struggling to
'I urge AMs across the country to engage even more deeply with
their local charities and find out just how critical their support
is for people in their constituency. With the long-term squeeze on
funding, small but vital charities need the support of AM's and
that of local and national government, more than ever before so
they can continue delivering essential public services and make
positive improvements to the lives of people across the