True picture of charities is revealed

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FOR every 100 registered charities operating across South Yorkshire, there are another 90 which remain unregistered, according to new research.

Involve Yorkshire and the Humber, an independent social business and charity, tracked the number, type and location of voluntary and community groups working behind the scenes in the region.

They analysed lists of thousands of registered and unregistered charities provided by local support and development organisations and found around 4,500 organisations fell into the ‘below the radar’ category, and were concentrated in deprived areas.

Judy Robinson, chief executive of Involve Yorkshire & Humber, said: “As we suspected, much voluntary action in our region takes place within an informal, unregulated setting.

“The evidence garnered from this study is important in forming the development of Big Society activity. We will be using the research to seek resources and partners to expand our knowledge on the number, value, workforce and distribution of the organisations that make up the third sector in our region.”