The League of the Helping Hand (LHH) was founded in 1908 by Miss Edith Ashby who wanted to address the suffering of those who had very little to live on. She was adamant from the first that all help should be given in the most kindly and friendly way possible. Since Miss Ashby's initial efforts, the charity has evolved through two world wars, numerous changes of government and the vagaries of the welfare system - the ethos of assistance with compassion however, remains central to the work of the charity.
Only those who are living on a very low income, receiving the appropriate welfare benefits and have exhausted all other funding sources including statutory funding, local and occupational charities, will be considered for a grant.
Financial assistance may be provided under the following two categories:-
- One-off Grants
These are generally awarded towards essential household items and specialist equipment not available from statutory agencies. When funds are available, LHH also offer grants towards carer's breaks.
- Regular Beneficiaries
LHH supports around 70 ill and disabled people who have been identified as being in need of on-going financial help. Quarterly gifts help contribute towards daily living expenses and regular contact is maintained through quarterly newsletters, birthday and Christmas cards as well as a personal visit from the Secretary once a year where possible.
Applications will only be considered from official agencies and not from individuals. The Charity welcomes referrals from any recognised social care, health, housing support, charity or other relevant agency.