Local charities and community groups are being invited to apply for funding from The Channel Islands Co-operative Society Limited’s Helping Hands fund. Now in its 24th year, Helping Hands provides support and funding to local organisations and groups, so they can set up extra projects that would usually be out of their budgets. So far the fund has donated over £301,000 to worthwhile causes in the Channel Islands. In 2018, over 130 organisations applied to the Helping Hands fund. The Society was able to give £18,155 to over 30 charities, schools, churches and organisations across the Channel Islands. Some of the recipients of the 2018 funding in Jersey included Beresford Street Kitchen, who offer people with learning disabilities and autism the chance to develop workplace skills and engage with the community in an inclusive, safe and supportive environment. Funds also went towards Healing Waves’ ‘waterwheels’ floating wheelchair and converting a trailer into a mobile office and changing facilities. Healing Waves enables individuals, despite their condition and/or disability, both physical and neurological, to access the ocean in a safe way.

To apply complete an online application form at www.channelislands.coop/helpinghands