Helping Hands

About Helping Hands scheme

We have been supporting local charities and community groups through our Helping Hands scheme for over 20 years. It helps organisations and groups to fund activity that they would otherwise be unable to do. 

Last year, £18,100 was donated to 31 organisations. 

Applications for this year's fund are now closed.   

This year’s scheme (2017)

This year, we received over 120 applications and it was extremely difficult to choose where the money should go. We review each application to make sure smaller charities and causes aren’t overlooked. 

This year, the fund helped these organisations in Jersey:

Organisation Amount Description of project
10th Beech Beavers £100 Developing cooking skills and educating children on healthy eating. They required cooking utensils
Art In The Frame Foundation £216 The space at Harbour Gallery is used for art across all sectors of the island from 5 years old to GCSE students and Mencap. They required two new tables
Brighter Futures £500 They need some physical and small world equipment to support families living in Jersey to engage in life changing opportunities
Brook £1,150 New water tanks for kitchen and consultation room
Caesarea Association  £300 Purchase of a new washing machine for residential home laundry for 9 residents 
Contact The Elderly £250 To cover the cost of extra outings for elderly Jersey residents living alone and in need of company. Currently, they are helping 18 people with plans to help more people in 2017
Every Child Our Future (ECOF) £1,000 Funds used to help children from disadvantaged backgrounds in school with literacy and numeracy. 
Jersey Arts Centre £500 Seeking sponsorship for this year's YouTheatre production of 'Treasure Island' in April, which will give young actors the opportunity to experience an al-fresco, promenade performance in a local heritage venue. 
Jersey Beekeepers' Association £500 Now in its 100th year, they want to increase the profile and importance of beekeeping through promotional signs at public events 
Jersey Recovery College £763 To provide educational courses free of charge to people experiencing mental health difficulties and the friends, family and professionals who support them
Jersey Sugar Art £250 Ingredients to bake cakes for Jersey Hospice.
Jersey U3A £300 To purchase a projector for U3A meetings.
Lifesavers Jersey £300 The club teaches lifesaving skills and courses to children aged 8 and upwards. Their aim is to encourage younger children to become water and beach safe, along with first aid, survival skills and rescue techniques in a pool or beach environment. 
St Peter's Youth Club £1,000 The funding will be used to update the resources to ensure they have sufficient equipment to deliver a number of cooking activities and educate young people in the importance of healthy eating and the benefits of food preparation. 
Stroke Association Jersey £1,000 To raise awareness to young people. 
The Good Companion Club £200 Provide instruments for music therapy for elderly club members. 
Triumph Over Phobia (TOP) Jersey £400 To bring a clinician to Jersey in May 2017 to lead a "Living Life to the Full" training day for supporters at the TOP Jersey weekly meetings and for people who attend the TOP group. 
Wetwheels Jersey £500 To purchase a purpose built power catamaran to allow access to the water for all ages and abilities. 


In Guernsey, the fund helped:

Organisation Amount Description
11th Le Grand Courtil Brownies £100 To purchase a mobile caddy to keep craft equipment in one place and to be able to take to meetings around the island. 
1st Guernsey (Victoria) Sea Scouts £600 To purchase a double sit on kayak and two paddles allowing another experienced scout or adult to accompany scouts so they can take part and promote inclusion for all of our members.  
Every Child Our Future PCC Limited £1,500 Food vouchers to provide light, healthy refreshments at The Children's Centre, a welcoming, relaxed environment to encourage, in particular, those families who experience disadvantage and isolation
GSF Mental Health Fellowship £500 To raise awareness of mental health issues in Guernsey and how GSF Mental Health is helping people with enduring mentalh health problems   
Guernsey Caring for Ex-Offenders (LBG) £300 To purchase a storage facility to look after personal belongings while people are in prison or rehab so they don't lose everything 
Guernsey Disability Alliance LBG  £1,500 To bring down barriers for disabled islanders to take a full and active part in society. In 2017, they're focusing on sport and leisure activities, to increase access and choice, to raise awareness, acceptance and increase participation  
Guernsey Group of Riding for the Disabled  £150 To provide Easter eggs for all 37 riders and provide refreshments for parents for 3 gymkahanas 
Guernsey Hard of Hearing £1,100 To help fund hard of hearing individuals in financial need to buy hearing aids (about £10,000 each year). They also pay broadband costs for several of their Deaf members so that they can communicate effectively with friends, family and some volunteers through using BSL and lip-reading on Skype and Facetime; a vital communication link  
Guernsey Island Amateur Athletics Club  £500 To give the opportunity for children from all walks of life to be active in the school holidays, while learning how to eat healthy and introducing them to the multiple sports on offer 
Le Voies School £500 Food vouchers to provide children with healthy school breakfast and lunches  
Men's Sheds £1,000 To establish a network of spaces in Guernsey and the islands, to enable men to come together. A space where men can meet and share tools, equipment and knowledge to innovate, create, make, share and learn.  
OAP & RTUM Association £500 To take OAP members out for afternoon tea and an island bus tour in the summer  
Rock The Frock (not for profit group) £500 A St Patrick's Day Ball in March 2018 to raise money for MUG and Bright Tights, two local Guernsey cancer charities. The ball will be hosted at the Duke of Richmond hotel, with a band, DJ, welcome drinks, meal, dancing and a raffle.  
U3A  £480 Funding for printing a quarterly newsletter