Celebrating Small Charities: Empowering Local Communities

Aaron Spencer

Partner & Head of Private Client

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June 1, 2023

Categories Charity Law


Small Charities Week is here, 19-23 June 2023. To mark the occasion, we take the time to honour and celebrate the invaluable contributions of small charities operating in the UK. These organizations, often fuelled by passion and driven by dedicated volunteers, play a significant role in supporting and empowering local communities. Despite their limited resources, small charities consistently demonstrate resilience, creativity, and unwavering commitment to making a positive impact on society. It seems highly appropriate this week, to celebrate their remarkable work and why they deserve our recognition and support.

The power of local engagement

Small charities are deeply rooted in their communities. Their close proximity to the people they serve enables them to have a direct and tangible impact. These organizations possess an intimate understanding of local needs and are well-equipped to address them efficiently. Through their grassroots efforts, they foster a sense of unity, collaboration, and shared responsibility, strengthening the social fabric of their communities.

Nurturing social innovation

Small charities often operate on limited budgets, forcing them to think creatively and find innovative solutions to complex social issues. With their agility and adaptability, they can swiftly respond to emerging needs and test new approaches. This ability to experiment and adapt fosters a culture of social innovation, leading to fresh ideas, impactful projects, and sustainable change. Small charities act as catalysts for positive transformation in their respective fields.

Personalised support and human connections

The nature of small charities allows them to provide personalized support and build meaningful connections with those they serve. Unlike larger organizations, they can give undivided attention to individuals, understanding their unique circumstances and tailoring their services accordingly. This personalized approach creates a safe and trusting environment where beneficiaries feel heard, valued, and empowered. The impact of these intimate connections extends far beyond immediate assistance, often leading to long-term transformations and improved well-being.

Amplifying voices and filling gaps

Small charities often work with marginalized groups or address issues that receive little attention from mainstream organizations. They give a voice to those who are often unheard, advocate for their rights, and fight against systemic injustices. By focusing on underserved areas and populations, small charities fill critical gaps in service provision, ensuring that no one is left behind. They champion inclusivity, diversity, and social justice, driving change from the grassroots level.

Strengthening communities through collaboration

Small charities recognize the power of collaboration and actively seek partnerships with other local organizations, businesses, and volunteers. By joining forces, they maximize their impact, share resources, and pool their expertise. Collaboration allows small charities to leverage their strengths, amplify their reach, and tackle complex challenges more effectively. Together, they create a strong ecosystem of support that empowers communities to thrive.


Small Charities Week serves as a reminder of the incredible dedication and hard work displayed by small charities worldwide. These organizations embody the true spirit of community-driven initiatives and demonstrate that even the smallest actions can lead to significant change. As we celebrate their achievements, let us acknowledge their invaluable contributions and pledge our support to ensure their continued success. Working together Charities and the Public can create an environment where every community has access to the resources and support needed to flourish.

Furley Page set up Furley Page Foundation to support local charities based in Kent and Medway. For further information about Furley Page Foundation see: https://www.furleypage.co.uk/about-us/furley-page-foundation/