The Community Awards

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.

Nominations

Details of the 2016 Community Awards will be announced here soon. Awards categories will remain the same as in 2015.

Find out how to nominate.

Event

The 2016 Community Awards will take place on Thursday 3rd November at St James at 4.30pm.

Booking details will be announced in due course.

Overview

Whether it is a fundraising project run by a local charity, a group of individuals or a team from a local business, or simply individual members of the public who feel motivated to do something for charity, Guernsey has an exceptional ability to raise money and contribute many man hours to the voluntary and community sector.

The Community Awards complement the Foundation’s primary objective of promoting effective philanthropy within the Bailiwick. They are an excellent way of highlighting and applauding the many success stories of the voluntary sector. The awards are intentionally informal yet educational, interesting and illuminating and have proven to be a great inspiration to the many guests in the room.

Gerald Hough, Managing Director of State Street Global Services, principle sponsor of the event, said: ‘So often the endeavours of many and the energy it entails, go on beneath the radar and those involved are rarely recognised by the community at large for what they do and what they achieve. State Street is delighted to be working with the Guernsey Community Foundation to host the Community Awards which embraces the full breadth of charitable and philanthropic work in Guernsey. The people of Guernsey deserve to be thanked for the wonderful, selfless and tireless work that they do to benefit and improve the lives of others.

The Community Awards 2015 took place on the 4th November at St James Concert Hall. Below are the winners as well as the shortlisted nominees.

Charity of the Year

Sponsored by State Street Global Services

Winner

Caritas Community and Charitable Trust

Shortlisted

Liberate

Bailiwick of Guernsey Victim Support and Witness Service

Outstanding Individual Achievement Award

Sponsored by KPMG Channel Islands Limited

Winner

Shelaine Green

Shortlisted

Reverend Richard Bellinger

Gill Queripel

Corporate Social Responsibility Award

Sponsored by RBC Wealth Management

Winner

Saffery Champness

Shortlisted

Insurance Corporation

OSA Pop Up Shop

Fundraising Team of the Year Award

Sponsored by Cazenove Capital Management - Wealth Management from Schroders

Winner

Cobo Community Centre

Shortlisted

Bright Tights

Bridge2 Nepal

Organising Committee of the Year Award

Sponsored by RG Falla

Winner

Allied Aircrew Memorial Committee

Shortlisted

Bright Tights

Epic Challenges - Epic48 World Record Challenge

Overseas Award

Sponsored by Specsavers

Winner

Goal50

Shortlisted

Bridge2 Nepal

This is EPIC

Youth Award

Sponsored by Guernsey Electricity

Winner

Eloise Ballay

Shortlisted

Jazz McCutcheon

Kiya Ashton

View previous Awards winners and shortlisted nominees

View all the 2015 Community Awards nominees

Watch the highlights of the 2015 Awards

Thank you

The Foundation thanks the Awards sponsors as without them, this event would not be possible. So thank you State Street Global Services, Specsavers, Cazenove Capital Management – Wealth Management from Schroders, RG Falla, KPMG Channel Islands Limited, RBC Wealth Management and Guernsey Electricity. We also thank the Guernsey Press and ITV Channel Television for their support.

Charity of the Year

Sponsored by State Street Global Services

Winner

Caritas Community and Charitable Trust

Caritas ultimately aims to establish a residential community to welcome, support and nourish young adults in difficulty, distress or need. Caritas invests time in building relationships with individuals in need as well as other charities, agencies and government departments working with young adults, whilst searching for a suitable property for the residential community. Achievements so far include the establishment of the Caritas Café which welcomes, embraces and works with people in challenging circumstances and brings them together with people from different backgrounds, creating a safe, accepting space as well as providing low cost nutritious meals. In addition, Caritas works with vulnerable prisoners, which includes cooking products to sell at the Café and at the deli at the farmer’s market; the market garden where Caritas continues to work with ex-offenders and individuals facing serious personal challenges; and the farmer’s market and deli where Caritas sells vegetables and goods made in the prison. Caritas provides a caring refuge for many people who often feel that they have nowhere else to turn to for support.

The Judges were impressed by the outstanding service this charity provides to many of the island’s most vulnerable people. Testimonies show the Café, its volunteers and other initiatives make a huge difference to many vulnerable people’s lives and provide them with confidence, encouragement and security to re-integrate into society and get their lives back together. 

Charity of the Year

Sponsored by State Street Global Services

Shortlisted

Outstanding Individual Achievement Award

Sponsored by KPMG Channel Islands Limited

Winner

Shelaine Green

Nominated for her role within the Guernsey Disability Alliance, for developing the Disability and Inclusion Strategy, and also for having set up and led Headway Guernsey in its early years. She has played a central role in moving disability issues in Guernsey from an afterthought to a central role within island life. She has been the driving force behind these complex projects. The formation and success of Headway Guernsey is one example of Shelaine’s innovative mindset: unhappy with the lack of provision for people with brain injuries in Guernsey she set about changing this and did so to great effect. Headway Guernsey would go on to become the Community Award’s Charity of the Year in 2012, partly due to their innovative services. In the run up to the States debate on the Disability and Inclusion Strategy Shelaine was instrumental in developing the ‘We all matter, eh’ campaign, utilising social media videos to help educate people on the reality of life with a disability in Guernsey. This culminated in the volume of supporters attending on the day of the debate to support the campaign, a day in which all of the amendments were agreed and not one States member voted against the Strategy. Shelaine has worked closely with a wide range of stakeholders from senior government members to media organisations, gaining a high level of respect from all, vital in creating the kind of teamwork needed for sustained change. She commits fully and works tirelessly to improve things whilst being accessible to all. She has achieved so much and genuinely helped shape the future for all disabled islanders and has done all of this voluntarily using her own free time.  She has infectious energy, enthusiasm and passion for change, and one of the few people capable of actually making reality the changes she campaigns for.

Shortlisted for her achievements with Headway, the GDA and the development of the landmark Disability and Inclusion Strategy. 

Outstanding Individual Achievement Award

Sponsored by KPMG Channel Islands Limited

Shortlisted

Corporate Social Responsibility Award

Sponsored by RBC Wealth Management

Winner

Saffery Champness

CSR forms a major part of the culture and business strategy at Saffery Champness and the company has forged a strong allegiance in Guernsey, supporting local initiatives through sponsorship, investment, volunteering and raising awareness for many different causes. Volunteering is actively encouraged in all forms and undertaken on a discretionary basis for flexibility. Saffery Champness promotes a culture of giving and volunteering both inside and outside of work hours, with staff involvement taken into account when looking at performance. Many staff-supported charities are then supported by the company and the ‘Saffery Factor’ allows donations / sponsorship raised by staff to be matched. The company also supports a number of local charities with payroll, book-keeping, accounting and audit services. Some staff members and directors sit on the boards or committees of local charities and the company provides its premises for charitable meetings. The company also provides the resources of its PR agency to raise awareness of the charities’ various initiatives. Saffery Champness took over the sponsorship of the around the island walk, now known as the Saffery Rotary Walk (previously the Itex Walk), which raises around £40k annually for the different recipient charities. This iconic event has now been revitalised and further improvements to support the walkers are in development. Saffery Champness develops partnerships with causes it supports. For example during the three years it worked with CLIC, the company helped the charity raise awareness and to raise nearly £100,000. These partnerships go far beyond just donating money or sponsorship, with the giving of staff time, marketing expertise and organisational skills adding great value. Countless other community projects, sports teams, charities and initiatives have benefited from Saffery Champness’s support, which brings energy and enthusiasm to leaving long-lasting legacies for the island.

Judges were impressed by the breadth of activities with which Saffery Champness and its staff are involved.  

Corporate Social Responsibility Award

Sponsored by RBC Wealth Management

Shortlisted

Fundraising Team of the Year Award

Sponsored by Cazenove Capital Management - Wealth Management from Schroders

Winner

Cobo Community Centre

Nominated for the team’s effort to raise funds to replace the old St Matthew's Church Hall at Le Guet with a Community Centre. The project finally began with the demolition of the existing building in September 2014. At that stage the project total required was estimated at £1.6m, with £700,000 so far raised, there remained £900,000 to find. With works moving quickly on site and a potential opening date of September 2015 looming, the team were set the hugely important task of raising the remaining funds within 12 months. The team launched a number of fundraising initiatives over the last 12 months which included concerts and golf tournaments, a bond scheme for individuals to invest in the project, direct support from corporate bodies and individuals and a media partnership with the Guernsey Press. In addition the project benefitted from bequests and support from local businesses supplying goods and services at reduced rates. By June 2015 the total raised had reached the £1m mark with £600,000 still required to complete the project.  With a monumental final effort and securing an interest free loan from a local contact, the £1.6m has almost been reached.  This has taken the total raised in the last 12 months of the project to approximately £900,000. The centre was officially opened on Saturday 5th September and is now operating with a wide range of community and commercial events generating income which will contribute to repaying the loan and bond holders.

Judges were impressed by the innovative ways the large sums of money were raised, managing to get the Centre opened by its target deadline.

Fundraising Team of the Year Award

Sponsored by Cazenove Capital Management - Wealth Management from Schroders

Shortlisted

Organising Committee of the Year Award

Sponsored by RG Falla

Winner

Allied Aircrew Memorial Committee

Nominated for their work to provide a long-lasting memorial to those airmen who lost their lives in and around the Bailiwick during the Second World War. The committee of 6 dedicated members has worked very hard over the last 18 months to achieve their goal. This has included arranging planning permission, fundraising, monument design, liaising with airport authorities and having to solve many hurdles along the way.  The committee has given its all to ensure that there is a lasting reminder to these young airmen who have no other memorial and who gave up their lives for future generations to have their freedom. They organised military personnel from six nations to be present at the dedication on 9th September this year, along with local cadets and school children. The memorial itself is a stunning design and has met with approval from all who have seen it. In the Bailiff’s own words at the dedication ceremony, the community involvement led to it becoming a ‘Team Guernsey’ project and the committee secured the support of many local contractors who provided their services free of charge. The Memorial and the Committee have received congratulations from the HRH Prince William for their efforts. 

The Memorial Committee has been shortlisted for having achieved a fitting tribute to the airmen who lost their lives, having had to deal with complex issues to get the project launched, approved, financed and finished all within the deadline ofworking towards the island’s 70th anniversary of liberation.

Organising Committee of the Year Award

Sponsored by RG Falla

Shortlisted

Overseas Award

Sponsored by Specsavers

Winner

Goal50

Goal50 was set up in November 2010 by Guernsey resident Nigel Pascoe with the aim of rescuing a generation of young people from a life without hope in South African street gangs. It is supporting the GCU soccer school in Heideveld which was founded 14 years ago by a reformer gangster when he became a Christian. Over £225,000 has so far been raised since the charity was set up. Goal50 works by providing positive role models and teaching important life skills through the universal language of football and has helped hundreds of children living in the Cape Flats area of Cape Town. In addition, Goal50’s efforts to reach out to the community have included the purchase of a property which is being adapted to become an orphanage and the introduction of feeding programmes and a job creation scheme, all whilst providing the means and expertise to make the project self-sustaining. From the 300 children who originally participated in the Academy, which still plays a vital role in giving focus, discipline and self-confidence, GCU and its related projects now impact 3,500 people every week.

Shortlisted for having made a large impact to the lives of so many young people in the Cape Flats area through its innovative support programme.

Overseas Award

Sponsored by Specsavers

Shortlisted

Youth Award

Sponsored by Guernsey Electricity

Winner

Eloise Ballay

Eloise has been nominated for her work with the Bailiwick Youth Forum and Youth Commission where she has been involved in numerous States consultations to represent the voice of young people. She was selected to become the ‘voice of young people’ at a meeting with all States Deputies in the lead up to the 2016 elections. Eloise was also selected by Rotary Guernesiaise as one of two young people to attend the Rotary Youth Leadership Award weekend earlier this year. In addition to this Eloise also has several voluntary and part-time positions involving work with children and young people: at after-school clubs, a youth club for special needs young people and summer activities programmes. She aims to become a teacher and has been saving since she was a child to put money towards her studies.

Eloise has been shortlisted for her focus on speaking out about and improving the lives of other young people, giving of her time freely and consistently.

Youth Award

Sponsored by Guernsey Electricity

Shortlisted

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