How to apply

To apply for a Helping Hands garden or bedroom makeover, download an application form below.

Helping Hands Bedroom or Garden Makeover

To apply for a complete garden or bedroom makeover, please download, fill in and return the Helping Hands application form.

Please note: We have received the maximum number of applications that we can consider at the next committee meeting. All completed applications that we receive now will be held for the next closing date, which is 20th January 2018.

Little Hand ‘One-Day’ Projects (Pilot)

We are currently piloting new one-day projects to tackle smaller jobs in the home or garden (e.g. medicine storage or wheelchair friendly flooring). We are piloting this in Bristol, London, Birmingham, Walsall and Coventry and we are looking for families in these areas who could benefit from our help.

To apply, download, fill in and return ‘A Little Hand’ application form. Find out more about what the one day projects can offer here.

Make sure that you complete the above forms fully, following the guidance notes, and send it with clear, colour pictures. The committee cannot consider incomplete applications.

If you have any problems or questions please call us on 01242 530007 or email us at helpinghands@wellchild.org.uk

FAQs for Families

When do you need my application by?

We look at new applications three times a year, in January, May and September. If you are sending an application form to us it needs to reach us by 20th January, 20th May or 20th September. Applications received after a closing date will be held until the next one.

What is the age limit for Helping Hands?

The child must be between one and 18 years old. We cannot accept applications for young people aged over 18.

What sort of conditions are covered by the programme?

We have successfully completed projects for children with a wide range of disabilities and needs, such as spina bifida, muscular dystrophy, autism and visual impairment. We have also helped families who have children who have not not yet been diagnosed. Providing you can show that your child has complex care needs we will consider the application.

What type of work does Helping Hands do?

Most projects are for garden and bedroom makeovers in family homes. The makeover must have a direct benefit for the child or young person, which is why we don’t usually accept applications for hallways, lounges, driveways or front gardens.
Projects are completed by enthusiastic volunteers under our supervision. In gardens we clear overgrown spaces, lay lawns or fake grass, put up fences, create raised decks and flower beds. We can’t take on building projects, for example constructing a conservatory or converting an outhouse.

In bedrooms we strip wallpaper, paint walls and murals, assemble furniture and hang curtains or blinds. We can’t make structural changes to walls or complete any work that needs a qualified tradesperson, for example a plumber or electrician.

We occasionally help transform indoor and outdoor spaces for hospitals and schools. Please contact the Helping Hands team if you would like more information about large scale projects.

Is there any cost?

If your makeover request is accepted by Helping Hands then WellChild will cover the cost of materials needed and we will find the volunteers to help complete the work.

What if I don’t own my own home?

Applications are considered for any property, providing that it is the main place of residence for the child named in the application. If your application is successful and you live in council, housing association or a privately rented property then we will ask for permission from the owner of the property before the project begins.

I am waiting for an extension to be built/a Disabled Facilities Grant (DFG) application – can I still apply?

It is difficult for us to make a decision about your application when there is the possibility that any work that we do could be damaged by building work. We recommend that you delay applying to Helping Hands until building work that could affect the area you want us to help with has been finished.

What happens once WellChild has received my application form?

The application and photographs will be considered at the next Helping Hands Committee Meeting. These are normally held in January, May and September every year. The committee will decide if one of the Helping Hands team should visit you; a visit is the next stage of the application process and does not guarantee that the project will take place. We will let you know as soon as possible after the committee meeting if your application has been selected for a visit.

What support do the one day ‘a little hand’ projects offer?

The key themes of support that we are offering are:

  • Medical sundries storage solution (Internal) – Shelves and wardrobe solutions
  • Medical sundries storage solution (External) – Insulated sheds with shelving
  • Bounce and motion stimulation – Sunken trampoline
  • Access, wheelchair friendly flooring – Fake turf
  • Sensory area – sensory beds, tables, mirrors, chimes
  • Security – installation of fencing

All of these solutions will have specific caveats enabling them to be undertaken in one day.  For example:

  • Medical sundries storage solution (Internal) – There must be a suitable space for the internal storage solutions to be housed.  The family must have a real storage need as a result of the medical sundries required for their child’s care.
  • Medical sundries storage solution (External) – There must be a flat and clear area where the shed can be sited. The family must have a real storage need as a result of the medical sundries required for their child’s care.
  • Bounce and motion stimulation – There must be a flat space free from utilities for a sunken trampoline to be site. This solution is for children with limited mobility who will benefit from the sensation of bouncing/rebound therapy.
  • Access, wheelchair friendly flooring  – Fake turf spaces must be generally level and no greater than 40 meter square, these are for children who require a softer level surface, perhaps due to mobility or sensory issues.
  • Sensory area – There must be a suitable space that is accessible to the child/young person.  We cannot fund expensive sensory equipment.
    The child must require additional sensory stimulation that cannot currently be provided at home.
  • Security – Fencing areas must be no longer than 30m and there must be clear access to install it.  It must be for the benefit of the child, for example to contain children who are prone to escaping, to add privacy for those who are prone to exposing themselves or to protect children who are vulnerable in the garden.

It is amazing - Gabby will love playing out here

Gabby's mum

Gabby explores her garden for the first time