Helping Hands is here for the whole of the Brighton & Hove Jewish community and beyond. Sarah Wilks, Liz Shaw and Liz Posner started Helping Hands in 2001, after an enormous amount of groundwork. Our aim is to provide care and assistance in both practical and emotional terms. We are cross-communal and are proud of… Read more »
Helping Hands is here for the whole of the Brighton & Hove Jewish community and beyond. Sarah Wilks, Liz Shaw and Liz Posner started Helping Hands in 2001, after an enormous amount of groundwork. Our aim is to provide care and assistance in both practical and emotional terms. We are cross-communal and are proud of being known as a caring, efficient and confidential service that can be relied upon. We are a voluntary support network for the community, by the community.
Our volunteers befriend clients by visiting them, and by keeping in touch on the telephone. We organise Sunday teas every other month, shop for our clients, accompany them to medical appointments and provide practical help in the home, and we help with form filling. We also have an emergency meal project for clients who may have just come out of hospital and need food. In any month, there are over seventy people involved in Helping Hands activities.
The Helping Hands executive meets once a month and speaks or emails daily, and maintains the database of volunteers and clients to co-ordinate the help that is required. Since becoming a charity, we have a board of trustees to steer and guide us in our policies and procedures.
In August 2008, the Helping Hands bus was purchased with the proceeds of fundraising and is now indispensable. It is used by ourselves and other Jewish organisations in the town and has become a familiar sight in the city’s streets, transporting people to afternoon teas, communal clubs and summer camps.
With support from the Ark of Noah Trust, the Conway family and all our incredibly generous donors, many of whom donated anonymously, a new Helping Hands community mini bus was delivered in December 2015. This provides a much improved facility for all users.
We have been part of Mitzvah Days, and won the JC Mitzvah Day award for our Cakes across the Community project in 2011. We have become an essential part of the Brighton & Hove Jewish community, and will continue to support and help the community into the future.