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Helping Hands

We have been making a difference to local charities and community groups through our Helping Hands scheme for over 20 years.

This annual fund is open to Channel Island charities and organisations to provide financial help in order for them to continue the brilliant work they do.

Each year we receive an overwhelming amount of applications and each and every one is reviewed to ensure that smaller charities and causes aren’t overlooked.

Helping Hands 2019

In 2019 we received over 109 applications this year and were able to donate over £17,000 to support 33 local charities and organisations with their initiatives.

This year, the fund has been able to help the following projects.

Jersey

Organisation

Amount

Description of project

Abbeyfield Jersey Society

£350

To purchase new cooking equipment such as utensils, baking trays, cake tins, toaster and other small items

Beaulieu Convent School

£380

The Gardening Club was originally devised as an extra-curricular activity, where students would have the chance to understand the importance of growing vegetables, fruit and flowers. It was developed to provide a workshop in how to cultivate seedlings and go on to sow the resulting plants, and nurture them in preparation for picking.

Brighter Futures*

£500

Dad's Club – To fund resources to support activities taking place. We offer a choice of activities and resources in a safe and relaxed environment.

Every Child Our Future

£500

As part of our work, Every Child Our Future funds 3 specialist Reading Recovery teachers who help children who are severely behind their peers with their reading and writing. The Reading Recovery Programme can completely change a child’s education by helping them to catch up with their peers, and stay there. This money would help put a Jersey child through this programme.

Friends of Mont L'Abbe PTA*

£500

Updating outdoor learning for children facing special needs.

Generations

£400

Generations is a new initiative run by Ebenezer Methodist Church to bring young people and elderly people together in a relaxed space where they can have fun, learn about one another and build friendships.

Jersey Cheshire Home*

£500

To supply gardening materials, raised planters, grow bags, seeds and tools to enable the home's residents to get involved with growing produce for sale at a late summer "Farmers Market" to be held at the Home around the middle of September.

Jersey Sport Limited

£1,500

Specialist coaching & facility costs. Provide summer holiday camp for disabled children. Over camp we can take photos & film activities in action.

Jersey Trees For Life*

£500

Two campaigns: 1 x Planting for our hedgerow campaign, we are replacing and planting new hedgerows around Jersey to create new habitats for the Island’s wildlife and to make natural corridors to ease the threat of death on the Jersey lanes/roads. 2 x replacing and adding new squirrel bridges around the Island to help the local Red Squirrels to move freely and safely about, without hopefully having to cross busy roads.

Jersey Women’s Refuge*

£1,000

We are applying to the Helping Hands fund for £1500. These funds will enable us to focus on the much-needed re-development of our playroom toys in the safe house. The funds will also support us to provide essential staff training for specialist members of staff.

Jersey Youth Trust (Yes Project)

£500

The project provides a service to the community through offering drop in sessions in an accessible location for members of the community. The project will have a focus on various issues that affect young people today by providing information stands promoting awareness of these issues.

LINC Community

£500

We’re a new initiative providing weekly a social group for adults struggling with poor mental health.  The aim of the group is to combat isolation and bring people together in a kind, compassionate, non-judgemental environment where they can receive peer support from other members.

Maison des Landes Hotel for the Disabled

£350

Provide 2 small refrigerators plus 6 lockable boxes for medication for guests. Some guests at the hotel bring medications which require to be stored in a refrigerator.

Men Walk, Men Talk*

£500

Our events are free for all to use and it is intended to move to a weekly walk which will be an increase from our current once monthly offering.

Move on Youth Project

£375

This project runs 8 youth club sessions from the cafe in liberation square for young people aged 13-18.  We are planning to run some more cooking activities to equip them with the planning, budgeting and life skills as they grow up. The funds would equip our kitchen.

Rosewood House ( Maple Ward)

£300

To purchases a karaoke machine, mics, and music CD’s that the machine supports.

The Red Box Project (Jersey)

£350

The Red Box Project is a community-based, not- for- profit initiative, which aims to support young people throughout their periods by providing red boxes filled with free period products to local schools.

Triumph Over Phobia (TOP Jersey)

£200

Two bookcases would help us with storage of the books we provide to help sufferers of OCD and phobias. We also need another lockable filing cabinet to store personal and health data in line with GDPR.

Guernsey

Cause

Amount

Brief description

Autism Guernsey LBG

£622

We lack the necessary equipment/resources to attend community events e.g. display boards, folding tables, etc. AG would have the relevant resources to be organised and have the right equipment to hand reducing the amount of time taken away from the direct 1:1 work.

Bailiwick of Guernsey Victim Support and Witness Service

 

£300

 

The funds will be used to pay for the design and printing of leaflets for people who are affected by all types of fraud from romance fraud to banking and card fraud. The leaflets will signpost people in the community to the emotional and practical help and support that is available through Victim Support and Witness service.

Bright Beginnings Children’s Centre

£300

 

As part of the extended services offered by Bright Beginnings, the only Children’s Centre in Guernsey, we would like to provide a post-natal support group for mothers with post-natal depression. All our groups/ classes are provided free and we receive no statutory funding.

Edible Guernsey LBG

£950

To provide tools and watering equipment to allow older members of the community garden to be able to do more with less physical input

Fairtrade Guernsey Steering Group

£500

This year will see Guernsey marking 13 years as a recognised Fairtrade Island. This accolade is the result of continued support for Fairtrade by our island community. The invaluable support of The Channel Islands Co-operative Society Limited from the start is greatly appreciated.

Guernsey Caring for Ex-offenders*

£500

 

The funds will be used to provide ex-offenders with small kitchen appliances and soft furnishings, where needed, for helping them settle into their accommodation on release from prison.

Guernsey Welfare Service

£450

 

Guernsey Welfare has recently appointed a Life Skills Co-ordinator.  Our request from the Co-Op Helping Hands Appeal is to be able to set our Life Skills Co-ordinator up with a laptop and the software needed for her to be able to communicate with others, do research and make plans.

Headway Guernsey*

£1,000

 

This would cover costs for our Saebo physio rehabilitation session which we run twice a week. Members who have survived their stroke but have limited mobility are discharged to Headway for continued rehabilitation from the hospital. The funds requested covers specialist staff costs, room hire and equipment needed to run these sessions.

Health Connections LBG*

£500

IT Hardware Refresh for Expansion of our new Centralised Voluntary Car Service (VCS)

Lauren Ellis LBG  -  The S.E.L.F Project*

£500

 

Locally we currently have well known and accessed charities and organizations who work with all those affected by domestic abuse, but we (The S.E.L.F. Project) along with other organizations have noticed a big gap in the services offered. We have come up with 3 main programs which will work at raising awareness of Domestic Abuse amongst our local community, specializing in workplaces and young people.

Le Grand Courtil Community Association*

£500

To prolong our existing art class.  Providing top up materials and paying tutor charges.

St John's Residential Home

£632

There are currently 45 residents at the home and approximately 50% are now classed as nursing clients due to mobility issues, therefore the need for the provision of suitable air cushions to make the residents more comfortable is becoming more and more necessary.

St Peter’s Church*

£500

Part of the aim of this project is to build community resilience in a rural setting by creating points to meet and enjoy inter-generational community life together.  In the Rectory Gardens we wish to build some dry stone walls which will serve as seating for outside concerts and storytelling events.   The money will be used to purchase some finishing stone for the top of the walls and to have made weather resistant cushions.

The Riding for the Disabled Guernsey Group*

£500

Purchase of Riding Equipment to replace existing items and supply new items for increase in riders.

Wheelchairography Guernsey*

£500

We are a charity established in 2014 by a group of people who assist those who love to dance but are now only able with the aid of wheelchairs.

Wigwam support group

£500

Wigwam is a charity supporting children and young people with additional needs and their families through activities and events and through individual family support. We are asking for a grant from the Co-op helping hands to fund our summer holiday activities programme for all age groups.

 

Previous Helping Hands projects

Helping Hands supports a wide range of local charitable projects. Take a look through some of our 2018 case studies: