The Big Help Project
The Big Help Project is a Knowsley based charity that does not affiliate itself with any political party. They are non-judgemental and inclusive, providing assistance to people of all backgrounds and all faiths or none who are found to be in genuine need.
- The Knowsley Foodbank is the biggest project they are involved in. It is based in Huyton Business Park and has 10 distribution centres across the Borough. Distribution centres are staffed by well trained, enthusiastic volunteers.
- The Big Help Project Food Club is a community store. Run by volunteers and staff, the store offers a wide range of food and other essential household goods to its members.
- Jubilee Debt Advice offers free, confidential, one-to-one advice about budgeting and managing debt. They are open for people to drop-in on Fridays from 10am to 2pm at Changing Lives (formerly Platform 51), 101-105a Cherryfield Drive, Kirkby, L32 8SA and Saturdays 12noon – 2pm at St Mary’s Church, Leathers Lane, Halewood, L26 9TS
- Next Steps aims to put people back in charge of their lives and to give them the resources they need to break free from poverty. It does this by working with individuals on a one-to-onto basis to support and encourage them, enabling them to return to training or employment
- Baby Basics Knowsley was founded in 2014 and currently works in collaboration with Knowsley’s two Community Midwives and other agencies to provide a Moses Basket full of much needed essential items and help for vulnerable groups such as teenage mums, asylum seekers and women fleeing domestic violence and trafficking.
Big Help Trading works through two shops in the Huyton Shopping Centre, open Monday to Saturday 9.30am – 5.00pm and a furniture store in Picton Road.
- Homes with Style is an ethical payment store where you can purchase affordable household electricals and some furniture (more available at the Picton Road store). White goods are supplied by Co-op Electricals and are available to purchase outright through credit arranged through the local Credit Union. There are no compulsory warranties; no hidden extras and interest rates are competitive. The store is also an outlet for Community RePaint selling remanufactured paint at affordable prices.
- The 2nd shop sells a range of adults and children’s clothes as well as books, toys and bric-a-brac.
- The Community RePaint scheme collect reusable, leftover paint and redistribute it to individuals, families, communities and charities in need, improving the wellbeing of people and the appearance of places across the UK. They also retail paint and accessories through its Homes with Style shop in Huyton and Big Help Community shop in Wavertree.
Volunteer your time, there are many opportunities to help and to invest some of your time, either regularly for a few hours a week or per fortnight or perhaps just on an occasional basis, so please contact them for details.