YPI places an emphasis on identifying small, local charities; charities that are born and develop as a reaction to the specific needs of each individual community. However identifying these charities can be difficult. Here are some top tips:

www.charitycommissionni.org.uk is the new independent regulator for charities in Northern Ireland. They are in the process of assessing and registering all charities. During this process there is a list of ‘Deemed Charities’ which can be found here. This is a list of organisations which have registered with HMRC for charitable tax purposes.
These are an excellent source of information with regards to charitable activity in Northern Ireland. NICVA is the Northern Ireland Council for Voluntary Action and represents the interests of over 5000 voluntary and community groups. The knowledgeable staff may be able to help you find social service charities in your area.

www.communityni.org is run by NICVA and is a website for promoting and sharing the information on the voluntary and community sector. This website may give you a deeper understudying of the charitable sector as a whole in Northern Ireland.

School & Community Libraries are an exceptional source of information. Of particular relevance to YPI charity research is the local press and media archives. Local press is invaluable and captures a vast amount of information regarding ongoing charitable activity. The libraries will also house additional ICT provision should there be limited capacity within the school itself. Furthermore, charities regularly display information, literature and leaflets regarding local activity on library display boards.
In your Community there are a whole host of other approaches you can use in identifying local charities. Your local GPs, Police, Hospital, Retirement Home, Church, Community Learning & Development Team, Youth Club and Sports Centre will all undoubtedly have charitable partners who support provision, share facilities and/or provide services. Check notice boards, pick up a telephone book, ask the question and see what you find out.
Speak to the people around you as you never know what charities they have had first hand experience of or what charities they actively support.

“YPI was much more than a homework or a class test for me. It was a chance to make a real difference in our community. We put so much work in, and got really involved in our local charity. I know I will stay involved, it has made me think of others and not just myself.”

YPI Student | St Ciaran’s College, Ballygawley