Ireland’s Guide To Money And Living

Helping hand


We’re currently in the middle of Lent, a time for reflection, atonement, fasting and charitable acts. If you’d like to give something back, there are many worthy charities that could benefit from your time or donations.

Hand in Hand – Children’s cancer charity

Hand in Hand was founded in Galway in 2006 by a number of volunteers who wanted to help the family of a two-year-old girl receiving treatment for leukemia in Our Lady’s Hospital, Dublin. The charity offers much needed practical support to the families of children with cancer, and provides them with access to professional service providers including laundry, cleaning and childcare.

The charity, which has never received State funding, is currently experiencing financially testing times and requires donations to continue provide its important services – people can donate, sponsor, organise a fundraising event or volunteer their time to help.

Turn2Me – online lifeline

Formed in 2009, Turn2Me was the brainchild of brothers Diarmuid and Oisin, who had lost a sibling to suicide six years previously. Merging technology and psychology, offers an online space in which people can share, discuss and unload their problems, now supporting around 30,000 people, with countless lives saved. Always on the look-out for assistance, you could host a fundraising event, donate or volunteer.

ALONE – Helping older people in need

ALONE was founded in 1977 by Dublin firefighter Willie Bermingham. During the difficult winter of 1976, the remains of a number of older people were discovered in their homes, having perished due to the terrible conditions. Bermingham began a campaign to raise awareness, and along with friends and colleagues distributed food, fuel and blankets.

Today, ALONE works to help older people in need of assistance, whether they are lonely, in ill health, living in poverty or in poor quality housing, or are without a home. The organisation supports hundreds of people each week through four main services – community support, befriending, supportive housing and campaigning for change.

ALONE doesn’t receive any Government funding for its day-to-day activities, instead relying on the generosity of the public to continue. Anybody interested in getting involved can volunteer, fundraise or donate.

When not writing about all things personal finance, You & Your Money's editor Conor Forrest enjoys reading, football and getting lost in an ocean of Wikipedia articles.