Finding your CharitiesBranddaddy2019-08-23T15:31:36+01:00
What are the needs of your community? Which charities have been formed to address social issues impacting people in your local area? The below sources will help you identify these grassroots organisations.
OSCR is the independent regulator and registrar for more than 24,000 Scottish charities. The OSCR website holds a wealth of information about Scottish charities and an up-to-date database of registered charities. It is a YPI requirement that every charity involved in the programme is registered; therefore OSCR is an invaluable resource in rooting out those local charities. The OSCR website also allows you to filter searches by income, postcode and keywords to focus research. www.oscr.org.uk or Tel: 01382 220446.
Third Sector Interfaces (TSIs) are an excellent source of information on regional charitable activity. They provide a single point of access for support and advice for the third sector within local areas. There is a TSI in each local authority area in Scotland. Each Interface is unique to their area, and supports a network of charitable organisations from the very small to the very large. A list of TSIs can be found on the Scottish Government’s website here.
I Your local doctor surgery, police, hospital, sheltered housing complex, church, Community Learning & Development Team, youth club and sports centre will be connected with charitable partners. Check noticeboards and talk to staff.
Finally, speak to people around you as you never know what charities they have had first-hand experience of or actively support.
“It has been a very rewarding year for us in many ways. Many YPI groups supported us this year and while many may not have won the award, many more young people now know about Archway. As a small local charity it is vital for us to increase our profile and this is a great way to do it.”