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Manchester praised for its charity

by Chris Bradley. Published Wed 30 May 2012 16:58, last updated: 30/05/12

The city of Manchester has the most charitable communities, according to new research.

As part of a nationwide campaign which celebrates giving to charity and charitable endeavours in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, Give More commissioned a study to find out who was the most generous.

As a new independent UK wide campaign Give More seeks to encourage those who can to give more money, time or energy to good causes over the next 12 months and inspire others to do the same.

A Manchester event will be held at the Trafford Centre on 31st May all day from 10am.

The key findings of the Manchester research, carried out by YouGov, include:

· 59% of adults in Manchester have given money, time or energy to good causes in the last 6 months.

· 76% of Mancunians think the UK is generous when it comes to giving money, time or energy to charities and community groups.

· Over a third (37%) of Mancunians feel they could give more money, time or energy to good causes than they currently do.

Martyn Lewis, Chair of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) and Give More supporter, said: "Need is clearly going up in our communities.

"They have to deal with high unemployment, food poverty, soaring living costs and a decline in resources, and charities and community groups are struggling to cope with the increased demand while also feeling the pinch themselves.

"Our natural response might be to look to the public sector, but it can’t deal with all the issues. The answer lies with all of us, the general public.

"We rarely talk about giving, but if we don’t shout about the good work going on up and down the UK, many charities and community groups may cease to exist and our communities could suffer.

"We can’t let that happen.”

Give More has used the results of the research to create a Giving Nations map which illustrates the UK wide causes we care about and our giving on a national, regional and local level.

For more information go to www.givemore.org.uk.

It is also rolling out a sofa tour of cities across the UK where the general public will be encouraged to talk about the causes they care about and make their own pledge to give more to those causes.

The Give More campaign and sofa tour was launched in Cardiff, Belfast, Glasgow and London on 26 April.

It is being rolled out to cities including Bristol, Aberdeen, Birmingham, Newcastle, Norwich, Southampton and Sheffield across May.


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