Stephen Morgan, Member of Parliament for Portsmouth South, has used Local Charities Day to thank all those who work or volunteer for the city’s charitable sector.
Local Charities Day, held on Friday 15 December aims to highlight the work of small charities that are making remarkable differences in their communities.
The Lloyds Bank Foundation has published a report highlighting the challenges faced by small charities and has called for the government to also tackle the issues holding the sector back.
Stephen Morgan MP said:
“Research tells us that two thirds of people are unable to name a local charity, yet often it is these small, grassroots organisations that make the biggest difference to people’s lives.
That’s why days like today are so important, because they allow us to shine a spotlight on the unsung heroes in our communities and celebrate the commitment of those people who devote their time to improving the lives of others.
I thank all those working on the frontline in our city for their efforts in tackling disadvantage and delivering positive change in Portsmouth”.
Anything that celebrates and highlights the important contribution made by small and local charities is welcomed by Stephen, a former charity chief executive, but government must do more to support these vital organisations.
Stephen regularly visits local charities in his constituency and this Friday was delighted to join Churches Homeless Action as part of their Christmas campaign fundraising event at St Mary’s in Fratton.
At the event local charities were present as well as Portsmouth Churches Housing Association, Portsmouth Domestic Abuse Service, the LifeHouse and the EC Roberts Centre who have benefited from the fundraising.
The Labour MP for Portsmouth South, added:
“Homelessness has more than doubled in our great city in recent years and it has often been left to our brilliant local charities to step up and fill the void. Smaller organisations remain vital in providing invaluable support.
It was fantastic to attend the event with local charities by Churches Homeless Action today. They are a prime example of the powerful impact our community can have in tackling the greatest issues of social justice we face today.
They do, however, need our support too and I will be keeping the pressure up on Government to do far more to help local charities on the frontline in our city and across the UK”.