I must commend as a vital read, a report from the Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research at Sheffield Hallam University, in conjunction with Lloyds Bank Foundation.
It considers the importance of small, local charities, with turnover between £10K and £1M.
It finds that they play “a vital role within ecosystems of local service provision”, generate essential “social value for individuals and the wider economy” and “cross-cutting added value” through their work.
It also find, though, that they face some major challenges “in convincing public sector commissioners and funders of the need for and value of their work”, particularly in a “public sector commissioning environment that increasingly priorities scale over responsiveness, and which favours larger charities over SMCs in an increasingly crowded and competitive ‘marketplace’”.
It make clear recommendations for a reversal of the current trends to sustain the local value generated by the local charities.
This research helpfully affirms the tenets of the national ‘Keep it Local’ campaign that we here at Colebridge Trust have been advocating for a few years now.
Do read it if you can.