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We are currently adapting the way in which we accept donations. For now, please use the Standing Order Form or head to our JustGiving Page. Thank you!
Local agencies and practitioners can refer families or individuals for food / clothes support at our Foodbank+ / Clothesbank+ networks using our referral system. Sign up below.
This form may be used by support workers and other professionals to apply for gifts for families in Edinburgh from An Open Hand (we cannot accept self-referrals).
Our aim is to help the families that need it most. We would be grateful if you could ensure that families fall into an area of need listed below before applying. We won’t be able to accept applications out with the below criteria.
Criteria for application:
We are keen to help as many families as we can through this project, whilst still ensuring that each individual child feels treasured and receives a gift they will delight in. We will evaluate the funding for each gift on a case by case basis according to the financial needs of the family, the age of the child and the funding available. A general rule of thumb is that we anticipate most gifts along with the family bag to be in the region of up to £45.
Please ensure this application is submitted at least two weeks before the first child’s birthday to ensure there is sufficient time to deliver to the family.
Please give details of why you are applying for this family and what impact a present from An Open Hand may make.
N.B. - The more information you can give, the greater the chance your application will be accepted
All the gifts given to parents/carers from An Open Hand are new, and in new working order.
Once the gifts are given to the parent/carer, it is their responsibility to check the item is suitable and safe for their child, in good condition and used according to the manufacturer’s advice.
An Open Hand is not a business or trader and has no ongoing responsibility for the gifts, once given, and takes no responsibility for loss, damage or injury sustained from the gifts or their use.
Once we receive your application, we aim to be in touch with you within 5 working days to let you know if your application is successful.
Many thanks for your application!
Please note: you must currently live in or near to Edinburgh if you wish to volunteer with Edinburgh City Mission.