The League of the Helping Hand

This fund is only open to applications from intermediaries or support workers

July 2020

We are now accepting:

  • Emergency Grant requests (max £100) towards food/daily living expenses; response to Covid-19

  • Single Grant Payment requests (max £250) towards household items.

Examples of what the League of the Helping Hand may award grants for:

  • Essential household items such as a cooker, bed/bedding, fridge, washing machine, carpets etc

  • Heating costs/fares/travel expenses for hospital or regular appointments

  • Specialist equipment that cannot be obtained through Health or Social Services

  • Clothing, including school uniform

  • Carer’s breaks (when funds allow).

We are only able to assist applicants who are ill or disabled themselves or are caring for someone who is ill/disabled.

Applicants must have a third party sponsor from a professional agency (Social services, health service, housing association, tenancy support agency, carers' centre, Citizens Advice bureau or another charity) to complete our grant application form for them.

What the League of the Helping Hand does

Grants available for individuals living with physical and diagnosed mental health conditions or learning disabilities. Grants are also available for people who are caring for an adult or child with a disability. Grants are to assist with household items, carers' breaks, specialist equipment and daily living costs.

The League of the Helping Hand helps those who are living on a very low income, receiving the appropriate welfare benefits and who have exhausted all other funding sources including statutory funding, occupational, local and specialist charities.

Last updated on 14 July 2020

Who is eligible?

People who have a physical or mental disability or learning difficulty may be eligible. People who are caring for a child or adult who has a disability may also be eligible.

Applicants must have a third party sponsor from a professional agency (Social services, health service, housing association, tenancy support agency, carers' centre, Citizens Advice bureau or another charity) to complete our grant application form for them.

We cannot help with:

  • Computers or IT equipment, except for the blind or those who are confined to their house due to disability.
  • Electric wheelchairs and scooters, stair lifts, hoists, car purchases and adaptations etc.
  • Building/renovation/extension works
  • Debts/bankruptcy fees
  • Tenancy deposits
  • Support for refugees unless they have been granted residency/asylum
  • Medical, dental and therapeutic treatment.

We are only able to assist applicants who are ill or disabled themselves or are caring for someone who is ill/disabled.

How to apply?

We can only accept enquiries from a third party sponsor, such as a representative from social services, NHS, housing association, tenancy support agency, carers' centre, Citizens Advice or another charity. Sponsors can download grant application form on the League of the Helping Hands website and complete on behalf of applicant. 

The sponsor must be able to process the grant payment through the sponsoring body. It cannot be issued direct to applicant. 

Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) letters detailing benefits being received should be submitted. Supporting medical evidence while useful, does not have to be included with application. 

A self-addressed stamped envelope with the application form is appreciated.

Applications are considered on a rolling basis. There is no deadline involved. 

Grants process

  • Emergency Grant requests - we aim to turn this around in a week
  • Single Grant Payment requests - we aim to turn this round within four-six weeks.

Contact details

League of the Helping Hand, PO Box 342
Burgess Hill
West Sussex
RH15 5AQ
Email: secretary@lhh.org.uk
Web: http://www.lhh.org.uk

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