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Helping-Hand Appeal

Love ever gives, forgives, out-lives, And ever stands with open hands And while it lives it gives: For this is love’s prerogative - to give and give and give.

                                                            John Oxenham

The History

The Helping-Hand Appeal was the inspiration of Colonel Olive Booth during the Second World War.  Soon afterwards a regular pattern developed in the worldwide Home League of donating money to a variety of Salvation Army projects, particularly those overseas.

This money, in the United Kingdom Territory, is raised in many different ways and is channelled from Adult and Family Ministries groups to Territorial Headquarters, via International Development UK. 

On 15 November 1999, at the first meeting of the Adult and Family Ministries Advisory Council, it was decided that all Adult and Family Ministries groups should be given the option to support the Helping-Hand project.  This commenced with the 2001 Appeal ‘Living Water’ and has, since that time, raised in excess of £2.5 million.

The Purpose

The whole concept and ethos of the Helping-Hand Appeal is to look beyond our own boundaries and home needs to our brothers and sisters around the world. Each year, Family Ministry groups and corps members will work together to raise funds to support a specific area of The Salvation Army's international work.

Community Shares

Our project for 2019 is Community Shares - a project where members regularly contribute small amounts of money to build up a communal fund. They can then each take loans from this shared pot to start or expand their business, or pay for unexpected costs.

Find out more about Community Shares 

The Helping-Hand Appeal is created in partnership between Family Ministries and the International Projects Office