Help & Care provides wide-ranging support and services to help people live the lives they choose.
Two loans from Charity Bank have supported the ongoing business development of the charity, ensuring its long-term sustainability. Chief Executive Mark Sharman shares how this ethical investment has allowed them to expand and extend their impact.
“When Help & Care began as a short-term project in Bournemouth in 1985, I was the sole worker. Over 30 years later, we employ 120 people and operate a range of support services in communities across southern England. Our vision has always been to empower communities and promote dignity and independence, helping all people to live their best lives no matter what disadvantages or obstacles they may face.
“We primarily support adults who are living with long-term conditions or nearing end of life, and those who care for them. We believe that every individual deserves to be treated with respect and to have their voices heard. Our work is person-centred, responding to what the individual identifies as important for them to improve their quality of life. In this way, our services are varied, reactive, and can range from making home adjustments for independent living to offering non-clinical support for managing health conditions.
“As we’ve grown, there have been periods of rapid expansion and we’ve taken out two loans with Charity Bank to help us invest in our changing infrastructure. The loans have been absolutely crucial in enabling us to grow and continue doing great things for people. They have allowed us to become a sustainable business, which has in turn offered the stability needed to maintain and expand our services.
“The primary reason we chose to work with Charity Bank was because of its social values. As a charity, we’re really keen to make sure we trade with people who share our ethos of doing good. This shared philosophy also shows in the way Charity Bank has interacted with us over the years. At annual reviews, they don’t simply ask about the balance sheet and the bottom line but are always more interested in what it is we’re doing for people and the impact we’re having.
“The existence of ethical banks like Charity Bank is important for the development of a long-term social economy. While traditional ways of giving to charity through individual fundraising are incredibly valuable, charities also need reliable and accessible financial support that goes beyond this. People who invest or save with Charity Bank are contributing to a sustainable and ongoing impact that will really help change lives.
“I would encourage people to think about the opportunity that ethical banks offer to have a long-lasting and meaningful impact on communities. When saving or investing with Charity Bank, you not only get a return for yourself and your loved ones but also for the wider community.”