“Localgiving Sow the Seeds for a Greener Future”

This below is a press release MCFly got sent.

Localgiving this week launches a match funding campaign to provide valuable funds for local charities throughout Manchester and the North West. To celebrate the launch one of Localgiving’s charities is supporting a South Manchester care centre by running a number of workshops and activities on 15th June for residents and carers. Details below.

On 15th June Localgiving will be joined by Manchester social enterprise, Sow the City, to ‘Build a Pond in a Day’ for a local care and respite centre.  This event will mark the launch of a new Localgiving initiative to help grassroots environmental groups across the North West of England improve their digital skills and fundraise online.

Celebrating Small Charity Week 2016, this event will kick off Localgiving’s Regional Development Programme in the North West – funded by People’s Post Code Lottery.

To demonstrate the difference that local groups make to their communities, Sow the City will be building a pond in a day for Hall Lane Resource Centre – a care and respite centre in Wythenshawe.  Sow the City coordinates environmental projects across Manchester, ranging  from running community gardens to delivering workshops on all areas from garden irrigation to solar panel installation.

Localgiving’s Regional Development Programme will give local environmental charities across the North West the skills and confidence to benefit from online fundraising and marketing. Many local charities in the UK lack core digital skills making it difficult for them to spread their message, reach  beneficiaries and fundraise – 59% of small charities do not accept donations online.

This programme will give 75 grassroots groups free membership to Localgiving and up to £500 each in match funding.  There has been a hugely positive response to the programme already with 15 local groups fully signed up and another 15 in the process of doing so.

The Coordinator of the North-West Programme, Joe Burns said: “Today is the start of something exciting. The North West has many areas of outstanding natural beauty that local community groups protect, from the Lakes to the Wirral Peninsula to the Cheshire countryside.  Even in our major cities like Manchester, Liverpool and Carlisle there are green spaces, such as here today, which bring joy to people and which need our support.  This is a fantastic opportunity to fulfil a real need in the North West, providing vital funds for our amazing local charities, all while sowing the seeds for a greener, happier society.”

The Sow the City team are also enthusiastic about the programme. Jon Ross, MD at Sow the City, said: “This project will give us, and groups like us, the skills and capacity to raise funds online. The matched funds will also go towards helping to fund projects like today’s, giving people another reason to donate! This will help us to achieve sustainability as a charity, make our communities stronger, and our city a happier place to live.”

Clara Govier, Head of Charities at People’s Postcode Lottery, added “We are proud to support the efforts of good causes like Localgiving and this is made possible thanks to players of People’s Postcode Lottery who are helping to raise millions of pounds for charities This event is a fantastic way to not only enhance the natural environment, but provide long lasting benefits for participants.”

Localgiving’s Regional Development Programme launch will take place on Wednesday 15th June 2016 at 12:45pm-1:30pm, Hall Lane Resource Centre, M23 1WD

For more information about the event or the campaign, including details regarding attendance and participation, please contact Joe Burns on joe.burns@localgiving.org  or 07872 041989

MCFly sometimes just cuts and pastes press releases.  I don’t get paid to do this, after all.  I never take cash or other inducements for stuff.  On the rare occasion that someone offers me goodies (e.g. tickets to theatre) afterwards, I declare.  Ethics? Ithn’t that thomewhere in the thouth of England?


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