Could your charity benefit from the Coronation?

Published by Susan Robinson on 19 April 2023

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Millions of people are expected to join in the celebrations to mark the Coronation of His Majesty King Charles III later this year. There are a number of ways in which charities can get involved, and they may also benefit from the event thanks to its focus on volunteering.

With a long weekend of events planned which starts with the Coronation Service on Saturday 6th May, the Coronation Big Lunch on Sunday 7th May, and The Big Help Out on Monday 8th May there will be many opportunities for getting involved and volunteering.

When communities come together to organise events, especially around these big national events, it gives many people of different ages an opportunity to get involved and volunteer, possibly for the first time. Charities can use this interest to appeal for volunteers to help with their own work.

The Big Help Out is being organised by The Together Coalition and will include support from partners such as the Royal Voluntary Service, Faith Groups from around the United Kingdom and the Scouts.  It aims to highlight the positive impact volunteering has on communities and the satisfaction it can bring to people giving up their time to volunteer and bring about change.

His Majesty’s lifelong dedication to public service, supported by The Queen Consort and other Members of the Royal Family will be highlighted during the weekend and communities are expected to come together and support a whole range of volunteering initiatives to create a lasting legacy.

There will also be some funding available which charities might be able to benefit from. The National Lottery Heritage Fund will celebrate the Coronation by providing new opportunities for young people to engage with heritage, landscapes and the natural environment.  The Coronation programme will build on the Heritage Fund’s Platinum Jubilee programme from 2022, with a £7 million commitment to help communities across the UK reconnect with nature and support young people who have chosen a career in natural heritage.

Don’t miss out on this opportunity, whether it is to encourage new volunteers or to get more involved with the local communities your charity serves or is based in. Start planning your involvement now, it will certainly be a very memorable weekend.

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