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Date announced for Community Awards

Guernsey’s annual Community Awards are returning to St James on 31 October.

The event, hosted by the Guernsey Community Foundation in collaboration with principal sponsor State Street, will see awards presented across seven categories.  Nominations open next month.

‘The Awards celebrate local charities, organisations, individuals and businesses who work tirelessly to raise money and embark on community projects for the benefit of others across the Bailiwick,’ said Jim Roberts, Chief Executive of the Guernsey Community Foundation.

‘We know there’s a huge amount of good work being done in the charitable sector, and we know that the best businesses take corporate social responsibility very seriously. The Awards give us an opportunity to recognise these efforts, which can often go unnoticed by the wider public.’

Awards will be presented across seven categories:

  • Charity of the Year – sponsored by State Street
  • Fundraising Team of the Year – sponsored by Cazenove Capital
  • Outstanding Individual Achievement – sponsored by PwC Channel Islands
  • Innovation Award – sponsored by Specsavers
  • Organising Committee of the Year – sponsored by RG Falla
  • CSR Award – sponsored by RBC Wealth Management
  • Youth Award – sponsored by Guernsey Electricity

Last year, the GSPCA won the prestigious Charity of the Year Award. They were shortlisted alongside Guernsey Mind and Les Bourgs Hospice. 

The GSPCA, the only all Guernsey animal welfare organisation providing 24/7 service to the community helping animals and animal owners in need, impressed the judges with some of the developments it has made over the last five years. A new Work 2 Benefit scheme led to 30 placements, many of whom are now back in employment. The charity also worked with St Andrew's Floral Group on a conservation scheme in the grounds and organised numerous other fundraising and educational events.

‘It was a great event and from sitting on a table with the sponsor State Street, we got talking and a month later they started volunteering with us, initially helping to fund and put up new fencing,’ said manager Steve Byrne. 

‘And now we have an on-going relationship with more projects on the horizon, all on the back of the awards evening. We are hugely grateful to State Street and I'd definitely encourage other people to enter for an award this year.’

Following last year’s awards, the GSPCA also went on to win a Special Recognition Award at the International Animal Welfare Awards.

‘Like the Community Awards it was a wonderful experience, we were very humbled and it was fantastic for our profile being featured in lots of press and through social media.’  

Nominations for the 2017 Community Awards will open middle of August. Further information will be announced in due course. Details about the event itself and all of last year’s winners can be found at www.communityawards.gg

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