WellChild Helping Hands work with corporate volunteer teams to provide essential garden and bedroom makeovers for children and young people living at home with exceptional health needs.
Reasons to get involved
These unique employee volunteering opportunities make a huge difference to the lives of children and young people with exceptional health needs. Your company could help us create a safe, accessible, sensory garden for a young person in a wheelchair or decorate a child’s bedroom to make it more stimulating.
The projects are fully managed by the WellChild Helping Hands team and volunteers are provided with any necessary training and guidance on the day. Most projects take two days to complete and can be tailored to accommodate different volunteer team sizes.
WellChild Helping Hands projects provide:
- a unique team building activity
- a fantastic way to make a difference in the community
- a different way to develop employee skills and motivation
- a great story to tell your employees, customers and suppliers
- the chance to be part of something which makes a real difference to the lives of the children we help, in their own homes.
How does it work
Each project takes two days to deliver and we usually need between 10-16 volunteers each day. The project will be managed by one of our experienced Project Managers who will have been working with the family to design and plan their new space.
WellChild is completely reliant on voluntary income. A typical Helping Hands project costs the charity up to £7,500 to deliver. We therefore encourage companies to make a voluntary financial contribution to help us deliver each project.
FAQs for companies
When can we do a Helping Hands project?
Projects run throughout the year, across the UK. Once you have signed up we will notify you as soon as a project becomes available in your area. This can take anytime up to 12 months.
How many days do the projects take?
Our projects are designed to be completed over two consecutive working days. We occasionally have one day projects so please contact us if this is what you are looking for.
How many volunteers do you need?
Each project is different, we usually need about 10 volunteers per day, but we have worked with teams of three and teams of 20! Each project brief gives details on the ideal number of volunteers for that project.
Can we have a different team each day?
We know that having someone out of the office for two days can be difficult to arrange, so we are happy to have a different team on each day. This also means that more staff can get involved with the project.
Can we do the project at the weekend?
Probably not! It’s best for us to complete the projects during the week. There is less chance of children being around, making it safer and less stressful for families, it’s easier to arrange deliveries and machinery and as a corporate volunteering programme it’s great for volunteers to be given time out of their daily work to complete the projects.
What skills do we need?
Enthusiasm and commitment to get the work completed!
During the application process we check that the projects that we take on are suitable for a team of unskilled volunteers to complete. It can be hard work and you’ll probably ache a bit afterwards but we don’t expect you to have landscape gardening experience, you will get all the instruction that you need.
Who will show us what to do?
Volunteers are supported by a dedicated WellChild project manager. They plan the work, arrange materials and provide any training needed by staff. They are on-hand throughout the two days to supervise the makeover and ensure that it is completed to the highest standards possible.
Who is in charge of health and safety?
The project manager completes a comprehensive risk assessment before the project, a ‘tool box’ safety talk at the start of each day and they are also first aid trained. All volunteers are covered by WellChild insurance.
Do we need to bring tools/materials?
Your project manager will source all tools and materials needed for the project. We also provide steel toe capped boots, gloves and other personal protective equipment.
Is there a cost?
Each Helping Hands project costs WellChild up to £7,500 to deliver, so we do encourage our volunteer companies to make a voluntary financial contribution to help us with this.
These costs include the building materials and play or sensory equipment which we require to complete projects to a high standard and tailored to the needs of each child and young person. In addition there are the costs associated with administration, tools and equipment, and processing the large number of applications we receive, including travelling around the UK visiting families as part of our selection process to ensure that we are identifying those most in need of support.
We rely on donations to ensure that we can continue to offer this life-changing service to the children and young people we support. The more you can donate towards your project the more projects we can do and the more families we can help. Fundraising can also be a great way to involve the staff in your company that aren’t able to take part in the volunteering days.
What projects do you have available now?
We always have families waiting for projects to be completed and you can take a look at the ones that we currently have here. A group of new projects become available in February, June and October following our application process, so if you are interested in getting involved, but there aren’t any projects currently in your area, then get in touch with us and we can keep your details on file ready for them.
Register your interest
Submit your details below to register your interest in a Helping Hands project. A member of our team will be in touch to discuss next steps.