Oxford based charities and community groups are being celebrated for Local Charities Day as part of a week-long campaign.
Oxford City Council will be highlighting the contributions of local charities and community groups for Local Charities Day from Monday 11 December until Friday 15 December.
Building on the success of the 2016 International Volunteers Day campaign, the City Council will be sharing the stories and experiences of the unsung heroes and committed volunteers who dedicate their time to improving the lives of others in their local communities.
Local Charities Day was first launched in 2016 by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and is returning for a second year. The event aims to promote the work of all charities and organisations across the UK and their volunteers.
The aim of the campaign is to encourage more people to donate to their local charities and become involved in the work of their local charities through volunteering.
Those wishing to get involved in Local Charities Day can do so by using the hashtag #LocalCharitiesDay on social media.
Oxford currently has more than 55,000 volunteers who provide over 3,000,000 hours of time a year to local charities and community groups.
A survey on volunteering commissioned in 2016 by Oxford City Council, and carried out by Student Hubs, a charity that manages student volunteers, showed that volunteers brought a monetary contribution to the city of £27.6m.
Councillor Dee Sinclair, Board Member for Culture and Communities said:
“Oxford charities whose amazing volunteers generously give their time have a significant, positive impact in our communities in Oxford. Their fantastic contribution, passion and commitment to improving lives and supporting communities in the city are a source of pride for all of us. We are delighted to be giving them recognition for their remarkable work.”