CHARITIES and groups needing help with funds have been offered a helping hand.

Community First New Forest offers help over funding and sustainability.

It recently worked with Ringwood Good Neighbours group, which was hoping to set up a befriending scheme. It provided support and advice to help launch the project, advised them about a grant and helped with the application.

Mike O’Brien of Ringwood Good Neighbours said: “Community First have been absolutely wonderful. Without their help none of this would have been possible.”

For further details or to volunteer call 01425 482773 or visit