Portsmouth’s Labour Leader has used the first ever nationally organised ‘Local Charities Day’ to recognise the hard work and contribution the voluntary and community sector plays in the life of the city.
Local Charities Day taking place on Friday 16 December 2016 aims to put small, local charities and community groups into the spotlight, helping them thrive and demonstrate the great work they do in their areas.
In celebration of the day Cllr Stephen Morgan, Labour Group Leader on Portsmouth City Council said:
“Pompey should be proud about the energy, commitment, expertise and the benefits local charities bring to our communities.
There are thousands of volunteers and hundreds of local groups and charities across our city doing their bit to make life better for hard working families and the vulnerable in our communities. 
I thank them for everything they do”.
Praise for the city’s charities follows Labour’s budget response at Full Council on Tuesday, when councillors had their say on Tory proposals to take £9m out of council budgets.
Cllr Morgan tabled investment plans to support charities at a time of crisis for local social care services. He said in response to these proposals:
“Voluntary organisations have a crucial role to play in finding solutions to local challenges.
They can undertake preventative work, meet local needs, address demands and are the glue that binds our communities together.
And not only do they need our support now more than ever, we need theirs”.
Action Portsmouth, a charity which supports other charities to flourish, has produced an online resource which helps identify groups and support available to local people. 
Visit:  http://actionhampshire.org/maps/portsmouth-support/ to find out more.

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