Giving back to society

It may have rained on Her Majesty The Queen’s birthday party, but that didn’t dampen the celebration of the long history of volunteering and charity work in this country. The Queen is patron of more than 600 charities and organisations, the majority of which have benefited from her wisdom and guidance since she acceded to the throne in 1952.

The Patron’s Lunch was not only a fitting finale to a weekend of celebration, it also marked the end of national volunteer’s week which celebrated the role which volunteers play in our society. According to the BBC studies have shown that volunteering equates to an input of some £50 billion a year, showing what a huge impact voluntary sector has on the life of the UK.

But volunteering is a two-way street and other studies have shown that those who volunteer benefit personally in a range of ways, not the least of which are improved self-esteem and health. During the recession, charities and other voluntary organisations faced some tough times as donations fell and the call on their services increased. This has in turn forced charities to become smarter with their finances, maximising their income through gift aid and taking advantage of free services such as the Google AdWords grant.

If you would like to speak to a tax adviser about charity finances and Google AdWords for charities, please contact Newshams Tax Advisers on 0800 211 8657 or email us at

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