Did you know that only 6% of adults with Special Needs are paid for the work they perform. We think that's wrong.
In July 2018, a few of us got together and decided that what we needed was an enterprise that gave us flexibility to offer a range of work opportunities, would be fun and would allow us to pay the young adults for their efforts. To us, the obvious solution was a catering trailer or van; loads of roles, the chance to immerse the young adults in the wider community and a variety of events to maintain interest. Hjälpande Händer was born.
Hjälpande Händer (Helping Hands in Swedish) was setup as a non-profit charity based in Swindon run by volunteers. It gives young adults with special needs the chance to get paid work operating a mobile catering trailer. We involve the young adults in all aspects of the business and at the same time hope they will have fun and enjoy the atmosphere of the various events.
We aim to be environmentally friendly, use local produce wherever possible and anything left will be taken to the Night Shelter or Salvation Army to help the homeless.
We offer speciality coffee, tea, cold drinks, sandwiches, fruit kebabs, home-made cakes, candy floss and crepes. In the future we hope to obtain an ice-cream machine so that we can provide ice-cream, milkshakes and freakshakes made with local organic dairy produce (please click here to donate to our fundraising effort). When required, we can also offer hot chocolate, mulled wine and soup.
If you would you be interested in having Hjälpande Händer cater at your next outdoor event (fete, festival, sports event, company event, party or wedding), we'd be very interested. We’d like to be flexible so if there is anything particular you need or a theme you’d like, just ask! And if you think you might like to help or get involved, please get in touch. We're always looking for more volunteers.
Whilst we are aiming to be financially self-sustaining by summer 2020, we needed to raise funds to get the enterprise up and running. We are hugely grateful to the following organisations and individuals who have helped us with funds:
The National Lottery Community Fund - £9,750
James Corden - £4,000
Wiltshire Community Foundation - £1,000
Robert & Mary Firth - £500
Nationwide Building Society Cake Sale and Tombola - £325
Daytrippers Foundation - £ 240
Paddy Power Swindon - £200
If you would like to help out financially, we'd love to hear from you. Please use the contact form to get in touch.