Players of People's Postcode Lottery have supported over 4,000 local community projects. £31 Million has been distributed to these community programmes alone. But for some big-hearted Brits, keen to help their local charities, there is sometimes a struggle to find projects in their area or information on how they can help out.

New research shows that a vast number of people are ready and willing to help raise funds and try to transform lives. According to the statistics, while many people highly value the contribution that neighbourhood initiatives make to society, they also want to play their own part.

Research was commissioned by People's Postcode Lottery. The findings launch today ahead of government-backed Local Charities Day, which highlights the work of small groups making significant contributions to their communities.

The research shows:

  • Nearly two-thirds of people (61%) say they value the contribution that local charities make to society
  • Just over one quarter of respondents (26%) say they are unsure what contribution local charities make to society
  • More than a quarter of people (27%) say they would like to do more to support local charities
  • Nearly one third of people (32%) say they simply do not know how they can support local charities

People's Postcode Lottery Ambassador Fiona Phillips said, "Local Charities Day is a great opportunity to celebrate the incredible work charities do and the life-changing difference they make. People clearly love local charities but this research shows they want and need more information about how they can help in their area.

"Helping local charities doesn't need to be an enormous commitment. If people can spare an hour of their week to volunteer, this can be really rewarding and offers much needed support to local initiatives. Local groups are crying out for people to volunteer their professional skills so think how your day job could benefit a good cause on your doorstep. Many local charities will have social media pages that you can follow and keep up-to-date with what they're doing.

"With Christmas around the corner, there is always the possibility of receiving unwanted presents - why not donate these to a charity shop rather than having them sitting at the back of a drawer? As well as donating, make sure you shop in local charity shops, you'll find some excellent bargains and will be supporting good causes at the same time.

"Players of People's Postcode Lottery have raised over £255 Million for charities, and I'm proud that over 4,000 local good causes have received funding to date."

For further details of projects and initiatives local to you, visit the Local Charities Day interactive map. You can also use websites like Localgiving or CharityChoice to find charities near you.

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Local Charities Day raises awareness of all the good causes people can help, right on their doorsteps