Bring your children along on Saturday the 15th of December to the Helping Hand Charity Shop on Market Street, Hyde, where SANTA will be visiting WITH A GIFT FOR EVERY CHILD* This December, children are invited to meet Father Christmas at one of the town’s most successful charity retail outlets.

For £1.00*, each child will meet Santa, and receive an early Christmas gift!

But selling good quality previously loved items, books, clothing and toys, is just one aspect of the great works that the Helping Hands Charity offers. For instance, they support students from both Tameside and Whitebridge Colleges, along with candidates from Job Centre Plus many other organisations and the community.

They also provided work experience placements for many candidates from all walks of life.

The charity is a registered ‘Disability Confident’ organisation and provides opportunities to those seeking to gain first-hand experience and training related to the retail industry. Many others benefit from ‘volunteering’ in a relaxed social working environment for a few hours a week.

Since its inception, many of the charity’s volunteers have been recognised for their work in and for the community, receiving awards, recognition and financial donations from a variety of sources including Amphorea Packaging of Hyde, the Rotary Club of Hyde, Job Centre Plus and Age UK Training. And for that they say a big, genuine ‘Thank you to all.’

If you think you too have something to offer, volunteers are most welcome to join our team and will experience working in a warm and friendly environment.

Donations too are also always welcome; our remit from the Methodist Church is to sell items at the lowest possible price to the community which means that our shop is most popular as a source of excellent value, high quality, spotlessly clean products. Our team to date have steam cleaned in excess of 45000 clothing items.

The average cost of all items sold since 2013 to date is a mere £1.30.

At The Helping Hand, they are proud of what has been achieved and the reputation they have gained during the last 6 years. They follow a robust recycling policy. And are ‘Disability Confident’ registered with the Department for Work and Pensions. They have worked with ex-offenders, and continue to work with both Tameside and Whitebridge Colleges.

They have held ‘Fashion Shows’. Worked alongside, and with the Hyde Town Team. Organised guided tours of major retailers. Taken part in carrying out mock work interviews for year 11’s with JCP and local colleges. Provided after dinner speeches and presentations to many organisations throughout Greater Manchester. Delivered courses of retail development training to in excess of 90 candidates and have helped more than 25 of those candidates to move into employment.

So, if you are looking for a worthwhile cause, come and introduce yourself to the Helping Hand team, bring your children, grandchildren nephews and nieces to visit Santa on Saturday 15th December. The event runs from 11:00am to 3.00pm      

From all at Helping Hands, we wish you, A Peaceful and extremely Happy Christmas.