They describe their work as “local people … helping with local issues … and benefiting our local natural environment”. And of course, the aim is these benefits will all have a much wider reach, complementing other actions to support county, nation and the planet.
An interactive activity-based multi-faceted wellbeing company based in the West Midlands, it’s just celebrated its first birthday and was created to assist with the rise in mental health related issues and wellbeing that had occurred post the pandemic crisis.
Save Gorne Wood
The Fourth Reserve Foundation aims to safeguard Gorne Wood by raising £100K to fund a compulsory purchase and secure it for local residents.There’s a real urgency to their work as there is a serious risk that the site will be lost to the community forever.
Skillswithlils donates Christmas
After talking to her mum and dad, nine year old Lily decided to fund-raise for five families in need of Christmas cheer by doing jobs, chores, selling cakes and volunteering her time at events with an aim of getting everything needed for dinner on December 25th.
Learn more about a great initiative from a special little girl
Elephants & Empathy
“We don’t do grief well in this country. Being able to process it, deal with it, face it, explore it all with kindness in a safe place and with other people grappling the same feelings is fundamental to our wellbeing and mental health"
The team that run the foodbank don’t believe anyone in the Welsh capital should have to face going hungry. And Localgiving is proud to help them provide nutritionally balanced emergency food and support to local people who are referred to them in crisis.
Chat Cafe CIC
We got in touch with Chat Cafe CIC who aim to conquer loneliness and social isolation. "We have had stroke victims re-learn to talk through chat club, cancer victims say 'I feel normal' and our services have stopped 3 suicides. Chat Club changes lives."
Nova Sports and Coaching
"We are very thankful for coming across Localgiving to help us improve our community. Localgiving has been an ABSOLUTE GAMECHANGER for Nova Sports and Coaching. We are constantly recommending the invaluable Magic Little Grants fund to others!"
Every Little Helps
“Our fundraising efforts exceed far beyond all we could ask for. Localgiving has taught us that every amount of effort is counted and collectively we can all make a difference. Grant giving is key to our activities and have been integral to our community in achieving its aims.”
Whilst there are many charities with a Veteran's focus, there are far fewer offering family support for partners or children. The team behind Hidden Warriors, all with military connections set out to change this and offer support for this important but often neglected group.
Notre Dame Refugee Centre
The past two years have been challenging, especially for Refugee Centre clients, who have suffered even greater anxiety, loneliness and isolation. "During this difficult time, we strongly relied on Localgiving to help keep supporting our clients remotely."
Great Lever Voice
"With the funding from Localgiving we are able to help 16 young girls who are at their last year in junior school. They all come from vulnerable families in Highfield in Farnworth. We wanted to catch them at this age so we can help them with the transition into secondary school."
We speak exclusively to Helene Griffin, a Director at Cocoon Kids and a Creative Counsellor and Play Therapist about their work with children and young adults, which due to the cost-of-living crisis among other challenges, means their skills are greatly in demand.
Since 2009 this remarkable charity has been driven by the advancement of social justice and equity through a wide variety of activities and projects across South Wales. It's been a fantastic journey, so let's learn more about what they do!
The Return of the Pilgrim
A Localgiving supported campaign to re-erect a sculpture of a pilgrim on the hilltop above the ruins of the famous Strata Florida Abbey in the Welsh Cambrian Mountains has culminated with the return of this remarkable piece of art.
Fences & Frontiers
This London based charity aims to make the city a more welcoming, supportive and inspiring places for refugees and asylum seekers to live and settle in many different ways. And now to support their work they are climbing Ben Nevis!
For those with dementia and their families, it offers a particularly difficult set of challenges, but since 2011 this Welsh charity has been organising weekly singing sessions for people with the condition and those who support them.
Holywood Resettlement Group
Moved by recent, devastating events in Afghanistan and determined to take action a group in Northern Ireland came together to form Holywood Resettlement Group set up to welcome an Afghan refugee family to their town and help them to adjust and make a new life.
Feeling Good Podcast
It's good to talk! The Feeling Good podcast is a new series, helping contribute to the normalisation of conversations around mental health, whilst increasing awareness of the powers of mental health skills. So have a listen today!
Huddersfield Literature Festival
Its organisers are proud to showcase emerging writers and artists alongside major names and the festival offers a diverse programme of author talks, workshops, discussions, poetry, multi-arts performances, well-being projects, events for young people and more.
Duffus Community Foundation
Duffus Community Foundation have received two grants from Localgiving. Our first allowed us to deliver 1-2-1 support to children & young people to boost their overall wellbeing. Our second allowed us to take a group of young people on a trip Paddleboarding for the first time.
MK Cheerleading Academy
“We started our journey with Localgiving last year. We were expanding and needed extra space to offer new classes for different ages and abilities. We took the time to look at a few different online fundraising platforms. However the match funds, competitions and other incentives Localgiving offered were a real bonus"
“The additional schemes Localgiving offers are great. The main benefit of Localgiving for me as a sole fundraiser is the dedicated support provided. Being able to pick up the phone and have fundraising advice from a voice I know and trust is a huge help."
Pregnancy Crisis Care
"We joined Localgiving some years ago now. It was attractive to us at the time in helping us raise awareness of our charity and of our services and needs online. It also gave us a helpful and easier way for people to donate to us online"
Sunshine & Smiles
“Localgiving is easy to set up, affordable and the commission rates are reasonable and fair. We have been approached by other platforms but we feel really comfortable with our relationship with Localgiving and have no reason to change. The helpline and email support is second to none, all enquiries have been resolved very quickly and the staff are always friendly”
Bardsey Island Trust
“Our membership with Localgiving has made a huge difference. The Localgiving page has enabled us to raise money from both existing and new donors in an easy and efficient way. We have seen an income increase of £2000, close to a 100% increase on donations from individuals that are not linked to membership fees”.
Sufra NW London
“The opportunity to incentivise donations plays a major role in reaching new donors. Sometimes people need more than a cause to donate – they want to feel part of a movement and campaign which prompts them to give to a cause. Localgiving campaigns help to achieve this”
“The ability to receive donations online made an immediate difference. This gave us an added air of professionalism and importantly enabled us to accept direct debits. The fact that online donations were not ring-fenced for specific projects meant we could put this money towards emergency cold weather provisions and core costs”.
“Global Generation take a holistic view of creating positive change. We work in an ecological way that is congruent with the message. It is important that we work with funders and have funding sources that fit with this world view. The funding we receive through Localgiving is an important part of our funding mix and helps us avoid mission creep – a problem often faced by groups who need to chase grants and contracts”.
“(Localgiving) gives donors the ability to submit their personal data with confidence. The ability to claim gift aid is also a major benefit along with being able to build a pool of direct debit donors. The Friends now have An excellent track record for raising funds and spending the money wisely. This has proved highly beneficial when applying for additional funding”.
The Bristol Inclusive Thrill Seekers
"The Local Hero competition was a real roller-coaster. We were pleased to make it onto the final table and win a prize for BITS. The funds raised will be used in various ways. We are reserving a bit for core costs and insurance. Some will also go on setting up and promoting out latest activity- Parkour sessions”