In 2013 according to UK government statistics one in five of the UK population were living in poverty. Imagine what happens when that poverty is made worse by illness or being less able than others.
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The League of the Helping Hand (LHH) takes time to understand individual situations and, based on experience and levels of need, helps those who face the most serious challenges in our society. Understanding the challenges that recipients face is a key part of our work as a charity.
If you live in poverty and you suffer from illness or are less able, then everyday situations are exacerbated. Simple tasks such as getting out of or making the bed can become frustrating and time consuming. Indeed most of us take for granted our personal space and our physical capabilities, which gives us confidence and maintains personal dignity. But what if you had to rely on a stranger once or twice a day to support you in very personal or otherwise intimate situations?
Very real physical illnesses or mobility issues can then be compounded by long term situational worries which seriously undermine a person’s overall well-being. Even once a person is ‘better’ in the conventional physical sense, the loss of self-belief or dignity can continue to impact on confidence with regard to employment, relationships or social skills. LHH offers financial assistance to support those meeting these types of challenges.
At the League of the Helping Hand we also understand that those living in poverty may rely on or receive help from a carer. In the UK, the charity Carers UK estimates that there are 6.5 million carers, that is one in eight adults, whose caring is the equivalent of £119 billion annually (as of 2015). Indeed Carers UK findings suggest 61% of carers have encountered depression and 49% struggle financially because of their caring role.
To help combat this, at the LHH we offer financial support to both those with an illness or who are less able and living in poverty and their carers so that day-to-day quality of life can be improved.