How to apply
Accessible Homes: Helping Hands Bedroom or Garden Makeover
The application process for both gardens and bedrooms is now closed. We have already received a large number of applications for the next Helping Hands Committee meeting, taking place in January 2020, and are only able to consider a limited number each time.
We are expecting the process to reopen in February 2020.
FAQs for Families
When do you need my application by?
We normally look at new applications three times a year, in January, May and September.
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 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 checked to make sure that we have everything that we need. We will let you know if the application is suitable for the Helping Hands Committee to consider. Meetings are normally held in January, May and September every year. The committee 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.See examples of our work creating accessible homes and gardens
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