Local Charities Day is an initiative from the Office for Civil Society and it aims to raise awareness of small, local charities to make sure they get the recognition they deserve.

Local charities are making a real difference to people by providing expert support from volunteers and staff who totally understand what they are going through. Without local charities, thousands of vulnerable people across the country would have nowhere to turn when they are most in need. Local charities operate at the heart of their communities and have in-depth understanding of local issues. They are also able to meet the needs of people who are otherwise considered ‘hard to reach’.

For example, our Family Support Service is unique in Reading. It is the only service to offer free specialist information, advice and practical support to families and individuals around any issue they are facing, from social care problems and ill health to debt, hate crime and special education provision. We support families to resolve their issue, however long it takes.

Sometimes we feel like the public doesn’t value or know about the vital role we play. So we need to shout louder about the great things we do, and Local Charities Day is a great opportunity to showcase our work. We want to shout about who we are, who we support and how we make a difference to more than 400 people in the Reading area.

There are many local Mencap groups, both large and small, all over England, Wales and Northern Ireland, creating the Mencap Network of partners who are affiliated to national Mencap. We share a mission to improve the lives of children and adults with a learning disability and we work together to deliver changes for the better.

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