The Community Awards celebrate the local charities, organisations, groups, individuals and businesses who work tirelessly to raise money and embark on community projects for the benefit of others, across the Bailiwick and further afield.
2016 winners and shortlisted nominee are detailed below.
Charity of the Year
Sponsored by State Street
The GSPCA is the only all Guernsey animal welfare organisation working around the clock providing a 24/7 service to the community to help animals and animal owners in need. It also provides invaluable assistance to many other organisations and government departments in Guernsey and works with others outside of the island for the benefit of our community.
In the last 5 years the GSPCA has developed and ensured that not only facilties have been updated, but has also strived to work with others by looking at all areas of their services, where the needs are of the community, and at what can be acheived and to help animals, of all species, wherever they can. In the last 12-18 months major projects have included a new build replacing 5 old sections, adding facilities and services in a multi purpose building at a cost of £1.3 million, and help with an international puppy trafficking case which was the first of its kind in the Channel Islands.
Over the last year the GSPCA has worked with Social Security to develop a ‘Work 2 Benefit’ scheme which has seen 30 placements, many of whom are now back in employment. It also works with the Probation Service running placements. Last year saw the GSPCA and St Andrews Floral Group part-ner in an award-winning conservation scheme on the GSPCA’s grounds. The charity benefits from wide public sup-port and has over 600 active volunteers who help to maintain its 24/7 cover.
The GSPCA receives no States funding and organises hundreds of fundraising events each year, along with educational projects and a large media campaign. In the last few years seals and turtles have been rehabilitated under specialist care and released successfully into the wild, with a total of over 3000 animals a year being helped.
Les Bourgs Hospice
Outstanding Individual Achievement Award
Sponsored by KPMG Channel Islands Limited
Jack has been nominated for being at the forefront of the outstanding fundraising work of Les Bourg Hospice. He has been Chair of the Friends of Les Bourgs Hospice for 23 years which has been responsible for raising £4.5 million during that time. He is now stepping down from the role this year. Jack has been responsible for organising three Million Pound Lotteries for Les Bourgs. The Lottery takes an extraordinary amount of organising from applying for the gambling licence, printing the tickets, arranging stalls to be manned, reckoning the accounts and selling the tickets.
The 2012 Lottery had the aim of raising £400,000 which would have been sufficient to complete the Les Bourgs Hospice Redevelopment Appeal. Encountering difficulties with ticket sales, Jack approached the Home Department and was able to convince them that islanders could buy a 10th share of a ticket at £30 and this required some complex administration to make sure all the shares were sold and that people’s shares were recorded correctly.
He also managed to delay the draw, ensuring that that prizes and running costs were covered and so that any additional tickets would be pure profit. Within days it was announced that the money raised by the Million Pound Lottery had completed the fundraising appeal. With Jack leading, the Friends of Les Bourgs Hospice has contributed on average £250,000 each year towards the almost impossible task of raising over £1 million to cover its annual running costs while at the same time providing the care it does for islanders with life-limiting illness.
Jack has been tireless in his efforts for Les Bourgs, over many, many years, achieved alongside his Town Centre Partnership role. He has also raised funds every year so that the Town Carnival can be enjoyed by locals and tourists alike.
Fundraising Team of the Year Award
Sponsored by Cazenove Capital Management - Wealth Management from Schroders
Priaulx Premature Baby Foundation
The Priaulx Premature Baby Foundation embarked on its 'buy-a-brick' campaign in 2015 with the aim of raising £150,000 by the end of 2017 to purchase a property in Southampton called The Burrow.
This goal has already been reached, one year ahead of target, surpassing all expectations. The Burrow will provide accommodation just a stone’s throw from Southampton Hospital, making a huge difference to the day-to-day lives of local families with premature babies being cared for in the hospital. It will provide a safe haven for new parents, or parents of poorly children, at a time of real uncertainty. Independent of the hospital, yet reassuringly close; cosy, yet spacious enough that it can accommodate siblings or close family if necessary.
The PPBF hope it will provide exactly what parents, who are miles away from their island, need to feel like they are home. This project has seen local businesses and the general public come together to raise an enormous amount of money. Donors have been able to purchase bricks with the aim of a wall of names within the property. The campaign, sponsored by Investec Private Banking and managed by Black Vanilla Ltd, has involved a number of key events and activities including a direct mail campaign where ‘buy-a-brick’ envelopes were delivered across the island, a successful radio campaign and ‘A Right Royal Affair’ evening to celebrate the PPBF receiving the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.
There have been some incredible achievements throughout the campaign including a world indoor rowing record raising over £8,000 and Gareth Corbett completing the Ultra-Trail du Mont Blanc raising over £10,000. Hundreds of local fund-raising efforts have helped the PPBF reach its goal from £5 brick purchases and volunteering to event hosting, businesses who chose to support the PPBF as part of their CSR activities and a generous donation of £50,000 from a charitable trust set up by Jim Wilkinson and his late wife Peggy.
ROW24 - Simon Johns & James Coquelin
The Sarah Groves Foundation
Organising Committee of the Year Award
Sponsored by RG Falla
The Legacy Team for La Vallette
Twelve months ago, a group came together with a variety of skills and took on the ambitious repair of the Horseshoe Pool and the Gent’s Pool, the landward side from Le Val des Terres to the Clarence Battery plus the path around the top from Clarence Battery back to the bottom of Le Val des Terres.
The group had been galvanised following the failure to repair the pools which had been damaged 18 months before. Under the inspirational leadership of Pat Johnson, the team has organised volunteers, knocked on doors, dreamt up fund-raising ideas, used contacts and found experts willing to work for free or at reduced rates to clean up, restore the Victorian upper walkway, replant, irrigate and run water and electricity to the landward side and plan and get to work on the Horseshoe Pool and make technical drawings and entered into discussions on how the Gent’s Pool can be restored.
The task of The Legacy Team has been planning, organisation and co-ordination of the mass of support there has been. 700 volunteers took part in the project, demonstrating the love and attachment that islanders feel for the pools. The huge engagement of the local community and businesses in the project ensured its success, and 1000s of hours of volunteer and pro-bono work have made the refurbishment possible.
Channel Islands Pride
Lé Viaër Marchi
Sponsored by Specsavers
This is EPIC
This Is EPIC was established in 2013 to help drive positive change in underprivileged communities in Africa.
The aim of the charity is to help deliver a sustainable future for communities through savings and loans projects. The charity has started projects in Democratic Republic of Congo and Uganda, and in the three short years it has been running, it has positively impacted over 3000 lives directly and over 15,000 lives indirectly.
This Is EPIC has over 100 savings groups and has three savings projects , two in Uganda and the other in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The funding provided is primarily spent on local facilitators and trainers who work with the savings and loans groups. The training and support provided to the groups is the critical element in enabling communities to understand how to save and manage their money in an effective way and also attain enterprise skills in developing income generating activities. This is achieved through identifying and collaborating with local organisations who understand the country, region and community and working with them to implement a very successful informal financial service called Village Savings and Loans Projects.
The projects involve training people to save and loan money within a group and empowering people to invest in their own income generating activities which helps them to develop a more prosperous and sustainable future. The projects are built on strong and positive relation-ships, focusing on understanding the community the charity is working with. This is achieved by working hard to build trust with the communities and people.
This Is EPIC and their local partners are responsible for developing the full project end to end, including recruitment, training, Community Awareness meetings, group formation, on-going group monitoring & progress and data collation and impact analysis. Whilst the charity is for the benefit of overseas communities, the work and fundraising efforts are very much part of our local community and begin at home, with challenges such as 7 Marathons in 7 Days and running for 48 hours on a treadmill. Fundraising is achieved through a combination of grant applications, raising awareness through public speaking opportunities and, most significantly, through the fundraising efforts of many in a variety of activities.
The launch of EPIC Challenges has been a crucial tool for raising awareness and fundraising to support the work of the charity. It engages people through fun activities designed to inspire, educate and raise awareness.
Friends of Romania
World Aid Walk
Sponsored by Guernsey Electricity
Millie is 17 and has been involved with the Youth Commission for over three years and during this time has overcome many personal barriers.
Since Millie started secondary school she has suffered from social anxiety, her confidence was very low and she felt that she did not fit in with the social aspects of school. This had a major impact on her attendance which resulted in her falling behind in school as she missed a lot of classes and work. Although academically able, because of bullying and her anxiety she did not feel like she fitted in and felt isolated.
The Quiet Club at the Youth Commission provided Millie a safe place to socialize and challenge herself amongst other young people also suffering from social anxiety. Over time Millie began to grow in confidence and started to engage more in education. Since starting the Quiet Club in 2014 her self-esteem has risen and she has grown into becoming a volunteer and young leader in the group.
By sharing her experiences and how her life has changed she has become an example for the other young people in the group, helping them see that they are not alone and showing them that they can also become more confident. Millie was referred to the Prince’s Trust xl programme at the age of 15, and has achieved a Level 2 Certificate in Personal Development and Employability Skills, the equivalent of two GCSE’s at A* to C. However, even though for Millie this was a massive achievement in itself, by the end of year 11 she was also attending school full time and obtained 9 GCSEs, including Maths.
Since leaving school Millie has worked part time at the Youth Commission’s Playscheme summer programme, taking initiative and ably demonstrating to her colleagues how she has developed. She also now works part time at the Hampton Trust, engaging with young people in schools and doing outreach work. In 2015 Millie was asked to speak at the Youth Commission’s Annual Youth Work Conference to an audience of Island wide professionals, politicians, staff and young people about the challenges she has faced and how she has overcome these. Millie has also been volunteering at the STYX (Western Youth and Community Centre) Youth Centre’s Junior Club over the last two years.