Sir David Amess MP met with the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) at the Conservative Party Conference this week to hear about the essential role that charities play in bringing communities together.
CAF’s research has shown that nearly everyone thinks it is important that people help others and most believe that charities have an important role in society.
Sir David works with charities to understand the issues facing their beneficiaries and how government policy affects their work, so Party Conference was a good opportunity to talk to those representing this essential sector.
I heard from CAF that we are seeing fewer people giving to charity than in recent years. I shared stories of the vital work done by charities in Southend West, and discussed the variety of different ways people can get involved with their favourite charity, be it donating, volunteering, or taking part in sponsored activities.
One way that charities can promote the fantastic work they do is through the Giving Tuesday campaign, a global day of giving run in the UK by CAF which holds the world record for the most amount of money raised online in 24 hours. CAF’s aim is to help as many charities as possible to make the most out of the day and celebrate the causes we all care about. This year, Giving Tuesday will be on 3rd December.