Armley Helping Hands won £2000 Good Neighbour funding during our 2016 campaign.
What Is Armley Helping Hands?
Armley Helping Hands is a registered charity supporting older people in Leeds. The charity was set up in 1995 by a group of local people and community activists who were concerned about the welfare of local older people living in deprived inner-city areas of Leeds.
A key component of the charity is the consistent representation of older people on the Management Committee and Board of Trustees. 75% of each committee is represented by members and their projects have grown in response to the needs and aspirations of local older people. Armley Helping Hands provides a range of services, advice, support and varied social and healthy living activities, enabling members to live independently and to pro-actively participate within their communities.
Armley Helping Hands prides itself on being able to consult with service users, carers, partnership agencies, professionals and the general public to evaluate existing services and identify the needs of the local community. The charity’s protocol is to be the first point of contact for older people, carers and their families.
Why should Armley Helping Hands receive a donation from the Good Neighbour programme?
Armley Helping Hands is a locally led community organisation that enables older people to live independently and pro-actively participate within their own communities. Its services reduce social isolation, provide opportunities for volunteering and act as a gateway to advice and information services which promote health and well-being and thus improve quality of life.
What could Armley Helping Hands use the money for?
Armley Helping Hands has over 886 older people registered to their organisation, in which over 207 older people participate in social activities with in their community on a weekly basis.
To enable them to attend these service and activities in the community the older people are very reliant on the charities community transport service. The charity have three minibuses to support older people in Armley & Wortley, the buses are run by a Transport Coordinator and Volunteers Drivers who, on five days a week, provide a first class door to door transport service to our older people. The Mini Buses allows older people to maintain their independence and attended activities like social club, luncheon clubs, exercise, shopping services, day trips and holiday. At the present moment the buses running cost is covered by fundraising event and activities. The funds will enable the charity to provide additional shopping and day trips to socially isolated older people.