Research finds small charities in Louth highly valued by public
New research published by We Act, a public awareness campaign to promote the value and impact of the charity and community sector in Ireland, has shown that people greatly value the work of smaller and local charities and community groups.
There are 808 charities in Louth including local voluntary supports, such as disability services, sports clubs, and family resource centres.
Respondents to a survey carried out by We Act, say they believe that these charities have a strong impact on their community and that the charity and community sector is more responsive and flexible than statutory services during times of crisis.
71% of those surveyed agreed that locally based organisations have a strong understanding of their needs, while 60% agreed that being local to where they live is important to them.
We Act spokesperson Sarah Monaghan said: “We know that most charity and community groups are set up in response to a need or a personal crisis – this need is often local or one that an individual, family or group has direct experience of.
For example, in Louth, Rape Crisis North East offers a safe, nurturing space to survivors of sexual violence and abuse through counselling services, advocacy and accompaniment.”
Ms Monaghan continued, “The size of the charity and community sector can often surprise people. The sector employs a similar amount of people as the construction industry.
"But the true value of the sector really becomes apparent during times of crisis. The pandemic demonstrated that – in times of real crisis – charities and community groups are at the forefront of our national and local response.”
The survey of 1,000 people in Ireland conducted on behalf of the We Act campaign found:
Irish charities and community groups joined forces late last year to launch We Act, a national campaign that will build on the huge upswell of community activity during the Covid-19 pandemic and help drive the post-pandemic recovery.
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