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Liverpool-based organisation Help Finder awarded charity status

Liverpool-based organisation, Help Finder a service that supports the city’s homeless and vulnerable, has been awarded charity status.

Set up in December 2019 as a community interest company, Help Finder has worked tirelessly to provide vital support to those living in poverty across Liverpool and beyond.

Each week the team run a Sunday Service initiative, serving hot and cold drinks and food outside St Luke’s Bombed Out Church, and they also supplied £1,000,000 worth of PPE to charities, hospitals, care homes and community organisations during the pandemic.

In February 2021, Help Finder applied for charity status due to the growing demand for its services within the Liverpool City Region.

“When I set up the organisation, I never anticipated the rapid growth that we would be faced with,” said Dominic Lipscombe, the charity’s director.

“The pandemic created huge demand for PPE and support for those in poverty, and we very quickly outgrew our CIC status. As a registered charity, we now have greater access to donors and funding opportunities.

“This will allow us to put more money into the amazing, critical services we provide; it will dramatically reduce our bills; and it will help us to further establish ourselves within the region, shedding light on the scale of the poverty people are living in.

“It’s been a long road to get here, but I’m thankful for the support of numerous people, especially the Charity Commission’s Rebecca Heckle, whose guidance was fundamental to our successful application.”

Help Finder’s activities are currently funded solely by the generosity of the public. The charity is seeking donations of food, drink, money, clothing and other essential items.

To find out how to donate, please visit: www.helpfinder.org.uk 

READ MORE: Help Finder – a beacon of light supporting Liverpool’s homeless community

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