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Helping Hand Environmental (a division of The Helping Hand Company) is world’s largest manufacturer of  sustainable litter clearance hand tools, for over 50 years we have been supporting UK local authorities, waste contractors, community groups, schools and charities in developing and enhancing sustainable litter management with our range of tools and systems. We care passionately about making our country cleaner, greener and more sustainable. As a business we provide portable solutions to tackle the problem of litter but also supporting our customers in creating innovative campaigns on local and national levels in partnership with key environmental charities, corporate business and waste management organisations including – including #2MINUTEBEACHCLEAN, APSE, Clean Up Britain, CIeanup UK, CIWM, Keep Britain Tidy, Keep Scotland Beautiful, Keep Wales Tidy, Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful, Litter Action, Marine Conservation Society and Surfers Against Sewage.

For the last ten years as well as creating a range of bespoke pickers, kits, education and engagement programmes, tools and resources to support our customers in creating better environments for all – we have also supporting our customers with FREE marketing resources and campaign consultation to help them develop innovative partnerships, best practice, innovative working methods and sustainable campaigns all working towards their CSR and Sustainable Development Goals.

Examples include volunteer litter guides for groups and schools, risk assessments for volunteers, education programmes for schools, certificates, sponsorship of competitions and donation of money off vouchers discounted order forms for volunteers, groups, charities and schools and charity of choice money back schemes.

“As an environmentally aware company, The Helping Hand Company is keen to support and improve their local community; its business, groups and schools in Ledbury and the wide community”                Green Apple Awards

As a business we care passionately about working with like minded environmental organisations and litter heroes across the globe and support them in making our world cleaner, greener & more sustainable.

 A few of our projects are listed below but please to click through our Community pages to find out more about our working partners and their projects.

  • Creation of the  ‘Love Ledbury’ campaign in partnership with Ledbury in Bloom (2000 – 2015)
  • Sponsoring, organising litterpicking activities (including product donations) in our local area.
  • Sponsorship our local roundabout and maintaining it
  • Supporting clean up campaigns at a local, regional and national level – The Great British Spring Clean, Clean Up Scotland, #2MINUTEBEACHCLEAN, Great British Beach Clean.
  • Supporting schools with environmental education packs and school litter guides resources
  • Supporting volunteers/community groups with FREE case studies, litter guides and marketing support for clean up activities
  • Discounted order forms/voucher codes for volunteers, groups in support of their environmental charity of choice
  • Corporate sponsorship  with environmental protection charities; Clean Up Britain, Keep Britain Tidy, Keep Wales Tidy, Keep Scotland Beautiful, Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful, Marine Conservation Society, LitterAction, Surfers Against Sewage and #2MINUTEBEACHCLEAN – visit our Community Page for more information
  • Annual Sponsorship of Environmental Awards, including Chartered Institute of Wastes Management, Clean Britain Awards, Association of Public Service Excellence.
  • We are pleased to have received several International Green Apple Awards for Environmental Best Practice for our Community Engagement Initiatives; CIWM Guardians of Public Spaces and Sustainability Resource Awards, Keep Britain Tidy Business of the Year titles.


Helping Hand Environmental is passionate about making our world cleaner, greener and more sustainable.

Running a community clean-up is a fantastic way for local citizens to take responsibility for their neighbourhood.

Browse through this section of our website to pick up any hints and tips and find the kit that suits you best – we’ve designed them for all terrains and types of user!

Having supplied community groups with litterpicking equipment for decades, even Richard Branson, Kirsty Allsopp, Theresa May, The Duchess of Cambridge and Bill Oddie have all got involved!

We work very closely with our campaign partners including Keep Britain Tidy, Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful, Keep Wales Tidy, Keep Scotland Beautiful, as well as Marine Conversation Society, #2MINUTEBEACHCLEAN, Cleanup UK/LitterAction, Clean Up Britain and Surfers Against Sewage as a result The Helping Hand Company support local authorities, businesses, groups and environmental charities all over the United Kingdom and Europe, so if you would like some support in how to start a clean-up or what type of equipment you will need – we would love to help.

Our Environmental Sales Team can be reached on 01531 635678 or email sales@helpinghand.co.uk

TIDY-UP EQUIPMENT

To find out what equipment you need, from special kits for schools, rivers, beaches, or streets, check out our online shop. Helping Hand Environmental can personalise our kits, pickers and cart for any campaign, with your logo, pledge or campaign message on. We also have a range of bespoke charity litterpickers and tidy up kits available in our online shop

We special offers and promotions throughout the year and ALWAYS have discounted equipment available for volunteer litter pickers, groups and environmental charities (upto 50% off our RRP). As the manufacturer of Helping Hand branded products we will ALWAYS be able to offer you the best price for our equipment  as well as high quality tools which are built to last.

For further information call our friendly sales team on 01531 635678 or email sales@helpinghand.co.uk

YOUR CAMPAIGN

We support campaigns work all over the World

We would love to hear about your initiative and how we can get invovled, just send your details to us via our Contact Us section of this website, we look forward to working with you. Check out our Newslitter section – there are lots of stories of other campaigns around the world.

Helping Hand Environmental also have a dedicated social media sites for our division where we post updates, community campaigns work and product testimonials – check us out!

Twitter @Litterpickers

Facebook Litterpickersuk

Instragram: HHEnvironmental

Did you know Helping Hand are award winning for our CSR projects and for our community campaign work? We won several awards for our environmental work including – Keep Britain Tidy Business of the Year, CIWM Guardian of Public Spaces, a Green Hero and Green Apple awards.

FUNDING INFORMATION

In order to achieve environmental goals by running successful and sustainable clean-up campaigns, we unquestionably need the appropriate funding to make it all happen.

There are many funding routes already available, and new grants are frequently released. You will find that even though there are various funding titles and sources – through charitable trusts, lottery or local government for example – many can be applicable to clean-up campaigns. Good news for everyone!

It’s knowing where to find such grants, as well as how to apply for them, that can be the tricky part – and that’s where we come in!

Helping Hand Environmental run special offers throughout the year and ALWAYS have discounted equipment available for volunteer litter pickers, groups and environmental charities with limited budgets (upto 50% off our RRP). As the manufacturer of the products we will ALWAYS be able to offer you the best price for our equipment as well as the best tools however you will need to call us to find out more on 01531 635678.

Running a clean-up campaign and need that extra bit of money to make it as successful as possible?
Contact our Environment Team, they would be happy to help and point you in the right direction and support you in planning your clean up activity with our FREE Volunteer Litter Guide Toolkit full of useful hints and tips on how to conduct a successful event.

Frequently Asked Questions

I am a community group; do I qualify for any discount?

We often support community groups in their clean up campaigns and have special discounted order forms for supporters of our environmental charities and for groups or schools with limited budgets. We have even donated products and took part in campaigns ourselves. We also gift aid back on the sale of our goods to national environmental chairities to support the good work they do. Please contact the Environment Team for the latest offers/special discounts. Call 01531 635678 or email sales@helpinghand.co.uk

I have a certain amount of people in my clean up group; how much equipment do I need?

We tailor make orders to certain sizes of groups. Our standard kits are available in singles, up to 10 people, or up to 30 people. You can store away and re-use the kit after every clean up, ensuring the equipment is there for you whenever you need it. We also supply equipment in single units – Whatever you need for your group we can supply you with the right equipment! What’s more we can also personalise our products to promote your campaign or group.

Please to do hesitate to call our Helping Hand Environmental today on 01531 635678.


Looking for Environmental Funding?

Catch up on the latest grants and funding available to support your community clean ups and Spring Clean campaigns.

NATIONAL GRANTS

Bags of Help is Tesco’s local community grant scheme where the money raised by the carrier bag charge in Tesco stores is being used to fund thousands of community projects across the UK. The projects must meet the criteria of bringing benefits to the community. Visit https://www.groundwork.org.uk/Sites/tescocommunityscheme

Biffa Community Grant supports local community projects to make a positive difference on environmental themed campaigns. Visit http://www.biffa-award.org/

DEFRA and The Government have launched a Litter Innovation Fund https://www.gov.uk/government/news/litter-innovation-fund-further-grants-available-for-innovative-community-projects

Sky Ocean Rescue https://skyoceanrescue.com/sky-makes-three-major-commitments-in-next-phase-of-its-sky-ocean-rescue-campaign/

CSV Action Earth empowers people in Scotland to make a positive difference to the quality of their lives. Grants of £250-£500 are available annually to run environmental activities which protect and enhance their local environment. Visit http://actionearth.csv.org.uk

Awards for All gives groups in England small Lottery grants of between £300 and £10,000. They will fund a wide range of community projects aimed at developing skills, improving health, revitalising the local environment and enabling people to become more active citizens. Visit www.awardsforall.org.uk

WRAP runs the Litter Innovation Fund which is a Government grant scheme which groups can apply for upto £10,000 for innovative schemes to tackle litter on the streets and in their neighbourhood and marine litter. The fund is available to all groups or community campaigns councils http://www.wrap.org.uk/content/litter-innovation-fund

WREN is a not-for-profit business that helps benefit the lives of people who live close to landfill sites by awarding grants for community, environmental conservation and heritage projects of between £2,000 and £10,000. Visit www.wren.org.uk

BUSINESS SUPPORT

Greggs Foundation have environmental grants available upto £2,000 for groups who are undertaking litterpicking activities.  Visit http://www.greggsfoundation.org.uk/environmental-grants

Waitrose local community grant scheme is where money raised by the carrier bag charge is being used to fund thousands of community projects across the UK. Apply now http://www.waitrose.com/home/inspiration/community_matters.html

Co-op had an new grant scheme available for Community Groups https://communities.centralengland.coop/community-funds/eligibility 

Costa Coffee also support local environmental groups with litterpicking equipment and Costa volunteers for specific events – find your local store at https://community.costa.co.uk/ 

Certain John Lewis stores across the UK also have loan litter picking equipment available for community projects – it is worth going into your local store and speaking to the Community Manager to find out more.

McDonalds are very good in terms of support local initiatives with each store location. We would recommend going into your local store and speaking to the Planet Champion who will be able to help you further. A lot of stores have litterpicking equipment available.

Another useful site is https://www.neighbourly.com/ which links businesses with charities and groups. Businesses such as M&S and Starbucks can be found there too.

Our official partnership and affiliated organisation membership with Keep Britain Tidy – England leading and oldest environmental charity began in 2015, though we have worked in partnership since 2010.

As well as developing an official Keep Britain Tidy litterpicker and Litter Heroes kits – we have worked with the charity as official equipment suppliers to their campaigns including  Clean for the Queen campaign, Big Tidy Up and most recently The Great British Spring Clean. 

We are super proud of our long lasting partnership with Keep Britain Tidy and their Great British Spring Clean, Eco-Schools, Rivercare and Beachcare programmes.

Are you a supporter of Keep Britain Tidy and need litter picking equipment? Visit the official Keep Britain Tidy shop where you can purchase our equipment and retro Keep Britain tidy goods http://www.keepbritaintidy.org/shop/1007

Or contact our sales team on 01531 635678 and quote KBTGROUP to receive yours supporters discount!

For more information www.keepbritaintidy.org

Also check out The Great British Spring Clean taking place between 23rd-25th March 2019. Helping Hand Environmental has been selected as official equipment suppliers – make sure you quote LITTERHEROES to receive your discount with us!

Keep Wales Tidy is committed to improving the local environment and making Wales a better place to live.

Working with the charity since 2009, we have developed a long lasting partnership to help the charity improve environmental quality and behavioural change in Wales.

We have developed a bespoke Welsh Litterpicker – for adult and children!Visit the official Keep Wales Tidy shop for Helping Hand discount equipment http://www.keepwalestidy.org

Helping Hand Environmental have also sponsored the annual Tidy Wales Awards,  take part in Tidy Wales Week and Clean Coasts Week, and most recently All Wales Beach Cleans!

We are delighted to be working with Keep Wales Tidy and look forward to many more exciting campaigns together.

Contact our sales team for more information about our partnership. Are you a supporter of Keep Wales Tidy? Don’t forget to quote KWTGROUP when placing your order online or with us directly by calling Craig on 01531 635678.

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Keep Scotland Beautiful is the charity that campaigns, acts and educates on a range of local, national and global environmental issues to change behaviour and improve the quality of life for the people and places of Scotland.

Our partnership since 2011 with Keep Scotland Beautiful has seen our business develop a bespoke Scottish Litterpicker, take part in the Glasgow 2012 Commonwealth Games, sponsor and supporter Clean Up Scotland initiatives and the prestigious Hero of the Month campaign which has crowned over 50 Scottish Heroes! We also recently got involved in Keep Scotland Beautiful’s Spring Clean and Clean Up Scotland Sticker competition as official sponsors.

We are delighted to be working with Keep Scotland Beautiful – Scotland leading environmental charity!

Are you a supporter of Keep Scotland Beautiful? Don’t forget to quote KSBGROUP to get your supporters discount online or by calling Chrissie on 01531 635678

http://www.keepscotlandbeautiful.org/

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Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful  is an environmental charity dedicated to making Northern Ireland a cleaner and more pleasant place to live, work and visit.

Our new partnership has seen our charity support successful initiatives including Adopt A Spot, Live Here Love Here, Big Spring Clean, Clean Coasts Weeks and 20th Anniversary of Eco-Schools.

What more we have also created an official Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful Litterpicker in partnership with the charity. To find out more about our partnership, our bespoke products please call Chrissie on 01531 635678.

Don’t forgot to quote KNIBGROUP when placing your order!

http://www.keepnorthernirelandbeautiful.org/

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The Marine Conservation Society is the UK’s leading charity for the protection of our seas, shores and wildlife.

Helping Hand Environmental have been working with the charity since 2010 and are Silver Corporate Partners.

We annually engage and support the Great British Beach Clean and local beach cleaning activities with MCS Wales and Scotland offices as part of their school and community engagement programmes.

If you are a regular beach cleaner, supporter or Sea Champion for Marine Conservation Society and are looking for equipment, please use our discounted order form below or call our sales team on 01531 635678 quoting MCSGROUP for your partnership discount – we have a range of beach and river kits available for any budget.

Plus you can now order our official beach cleaning equipment directly from MCS Webshop

http://www.mcsuk.org/beachwatch

The #2MINUTEBEACHCLEAN is  run by The Beach Clean Network Limited a not for profit organisation that was set up in 2009 by Martin Dorey and Tab Parry to encourage beach cleaning.

Helping Hand Environmental have been working with this innovative group since 2015. Using Twitter and Instagram to try to inspire others, Martin came up with the idea of doing just 2 minutes of picking up litter at a time – but every time – and began using the hashtag. Since then many thousands of hashtagged posts have appeared on Instagram and Twitter from every continent.

And their beach clean stations are A-Frame boards with an outer holder for our litter pickers and an integrated holder for carrier bags. Users take a litter picker and a bag, fill it up with litter for 2 minutes or more and dispose of the litter in nearby bins or recycling points.

If you are a regular beach cleaner, supporter of #2minutebeachclean, or are looking for beach clean boards call our sales team on 01531 635678 quoting 2MBCGROUP for your partnership discount and further product information.

Plus you can now order our official #2MINUTEBEACHCLEAN equipment for their beach clean boards, #2minutebeachclean, #2minutelitterpick and #2minutestreetpick directly from their  Webshop

Further information can be found on #2MinuteBeachClean

 

The Great British Spring Clean is a campaign with a simple aim: to bring people across the country together to clear up the litter that blights our towns, villages, countryside and beaches.

On the weekend of 23rd – 25th March 2019, Keep Britain Tidy want to inspire 7500,000 people to get outdoors, get active and help clear up the rubbish that lies around us. Join the growing army of #LitterHeroes who have had enough of other people’s litter and are willing to do something about it.

Together we can make a difference and clean up the environment on our doorstep.

Businesses backing the campaign include Coca-Cola, Costa, McDonalds, Greggs, Mountain Warehouse, Lidl, Mars, Wrigley, McDonalds and KFC as well as Helping Hand Environmenta

Did You Know? Helping Hand Environmental run special offers throughout the year and are proud to support GB Spring Clean volunteer litter pickers, groups, schools and environmental charities with limited budgets.

We have a range of Community litterpickers, vests and tidy up kits suitable for all ages! We can also create bespoke/personalised equipment to support endorse your community message. Please call us on 01531 635678

What’s more use code KBTGROUP to receive A SUPPORTERS DISCOUNT in our online shop 

Register here The Great British Spring Clean

We are super proud to be working with Greggs & The Greggs Foundation Grant Scheme.

This page has been created to help support groups, schools and volunteers who are applying for environmental grants with The Greggs Foundation.

What’s more use code GREGGS17 code to receive 15% off in our online shop

Did You Know? Helping Hand Environmental run special offers throughout the year and are proud to support volunteer litter pickers, groups, schools and environmental charities with limited budget (up to 50% off).

Check out stock clearance items and Community litterpickers suitable for all ages! We can also create bespoke/personalised equipment to support endorse your community message.

Greggs Foundation dedicated advisor Chrissie Jeffery is available to answer any questions – please call 01531 635678 or email sales@helpinghand.co.uk for further information.

 

Giving you a helping hand in your community, with love from HHCo from Herefordshire.

COSTA Coffee is proud to launch an environmental themed Reading Week.

Working in partnership with 550 Costa stores each will be hosting a Costa Reading Week  for all pupils, parents and staff who have been selected will be sent a school’s  delivery pack.

Through the 550 Costa stores involved, more than 33,000 children across the UK will benefit from the project and the resources including books, posters, lesson plans, teacher guide, lapel stickers and a dramatic play script are all delivered to the school free of charge by Costa & the Police Community Hubs who run Barney & Echo series.

The chosen story for this collaboration is called “Sparky’s Big Idea” which is designed to be delivered in-school as a project surrounding the environment.

In addition, parents, children and teachers who visit their local participating Costa store to take part in Reading Week activities will be offered a free beverage whilst enjoying a special range of activities including:

 

  1. The Litter Heroes story to read, featuring Barney & Echo especially created for Costa for Reading Week and featuring a new story from Barney & Echo, all about litter and responsibility in our communities provided by the Police Community Hubs.
  2.  A special Environmental activities booklet to complete. This is to help stimulate young minds to begin to think about their environment and how sustainability can impact their choices – developed in partnership with Costa.
  3.  Helping Hand Environmental have created a Design Your Own Litter Picker competition entry form where pupils can not only design their own equipment, but also see the winning design come to life when Helping Hand manufacture the design and present it to the winners! Check out our official blog for full list of winner and runners up!

Helping Hand Environmental gave every school taking part a FREE School Litter Guide on how to plan a litterpick or develop a litter hit squad in your school.

Keep Britain Tidy will be in touch to talk to you about the Great British Spring Clean in Spring 2018 and how your school can become a Keep Britain Tidy Eco-School. In addition, they will be running a Anti-Litter Poem competition.

What’s more Helping Hand Environmental are offering Costa Reading Week schools a discount across our range of kids kit, school exercise kits and education folders when you quote KBTGROUP. You can use this discount to develop your own litter hit squad, create a gardening/ eco club or purchase your own litterpickers in support of Great British Spring Clean.

This is a very exciting and worthwhile project for schools across the UK and  Helping Hand Environmental are thrilled have been chosen to get involved in the 2017 campaign – find out more about the dedicated partners and FREE Reading Week resources in DOWNLOADS

Don’t forget to get promoting what your store or school does using the social media tag #costareadingweek enter your project for an award http://www.communityeducationawards.co.uk