The Helping Hands Community Project operates locally in Leamington, Warwick and Kenilworth. The strap line is ‘Local People helping local people in need’ . They sum themselves up as: “We are hands on and we give hand outs…….but we also offer a hand up, enabling people to escape their current circumstances through guidance, support and referrals to other agencies. We encourage our service users to engage in voluntary work, whether that be with us, or with other local supporting businesses, charities or services, in the hope they can gain self-esteem, new skills, a job reference and a Curriculum Vitae!”
Helping Hands receive requests for essential items for local people in need eg carpets, curtains and furniture not provided when accommodation is made available. They request items on their Facebook page and the community generously responds by donating furniture, baby equipment, clothing, furniture to turn empty houses into homes.
They have taken on running the Leamington Soup Kitchen, feeding homeless people and providing sleeping bags, quilts, clothing, footwear and toiletries plus advice and support. They are supported by local companies who provide the food.
They have a charity shop in Leamington called The Lighthouse that also acts as a training shop for those training for NVQs in retail and customer service. They also provide further support and training in the drop-in space in the Lighthouse.
A registered charity in March 2015 they are governed by a small number of local trustees, they receive additional support and guidance from their advisory group.