Young People Guernsey - The Hub named 'Charity of the Year' at 2014 Community Awards

Young People Guernsey – The HUB was crowned Charity of the Year at this evening’s Community Awards.  Male Uprising Guernsey (MUG) scooped two awards for Fundraising Team of the Year and Trevor Kelham for Outstanding Individual Achievement.

The afternoon tea event attracted an audience of well over 220 people at St James, with representatives from local charities, organisations and companies attending.

The judges received some truly excellent nominations over the seven categories which highlighted the diversity of voluntary work that is going on around the Bailiwick.

12 bailiwick charities were nominated for Charity of the Year, from which three were shortlisted. They were Guernsey Mind, Autism Guernsey and Young People Guernsey – The HUB.

Young People Guernsey – The HUB took the honours for having consistently delivered outstanding services across all social categories, for working to help vulnerable people who need support, and for having dedicated volunteers who provide an incredible service in dealing with a whole range of complex issues.

The newest award category, the Youth Award, was won by André Dias. André himself participated in Sports and Youth Commission activities and is now training to become a volunteer with both organisations.

Male Uprising Guernsey (MUG) won two awards – Fundraising Team of the Year and Trevor Kelham for Outstanding Individual Achievement. MUG’s innovative awareness and fundraising campaigns caught the judges eye and how they used them to meet and exceed their targets. Showing dynamic, passionate and shrewd leadership and for ‘having the balls’ to tackle difficult issues, was why Trevor Kelham won. Dr Margaret Ogier was shortlisted for her achievement in establishing Philippi Guernsey and Dr Maggie Costen for her involvement in countless charities, more recently with Safer.

The organisers of Guernsey Schools Project Team for Magical Day in the Park 2014 scooped the title for Organising Committee of the Year. Peter Rabbit and some children were on hand to celebrate their win at St James for putting on an inspirational event which engaged with so many different organisations, teams and the local community. Other shortlisted nominees in this category were the organising committee for the Torteval Scarecrow Festival and Sark Folk Festival.

As well as recognising the local charities and voluntary organisations who work tirelessly in the voluntary sector, the Community Awards also applauds the generosity and commitment of local businesses who offer their support through Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives. BWCI won the award for Corporate Social Responsibility for its productive partnership in 2013 with Guernsey Mind and the dedicated work they carry out with Guernsey children.  Other shortlisted nominees were Specsavers and Northern Trust.

The winner of the Overseas Award was the Eleanor Foundation. Established in August 2012 following the death of Eleanor Carey in a road collision, it has carried out some truly outstanding work – 900 bikes have now been sent to Africa and 16 shallow wells have been commissioned which 12,000 Tanzanian people will benefit from. This award is given to a local charity or initiative whose work benefits areas outside the bailiwick of Guernsey. Friends of Romania and Aid Reaching Children were also shortlisted in this category.

Sarah Duguid, Projects and Communications Manager at the Guernsey Community Foundation, is delighted with the success of this year’s event.

‘As this was my first year, I found the Community Awards inspiring, seeing so many people from the charitable and voluntary sector together was amazing. This event recognised the efforts and dedication of these people and I am really glad that this event continues to be  so popular. In our eyes everyone is a winner and we would like to extend our congratulations to all of tonight’s winners. They should be very proud. ’

James Partridge, Chief Executive of UK based charity Changing Faces and a Director of the Guernsey Community Foundation, was the Master of Ceremonies. Anne Marie Carrie was the guest speaker.

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Issued by Sarah Duguid, Guernsey Community Foundation. 748056. sarah@foundation.gg

Notes to Editors

Full summaries of all shortlisted nominees, and the reasons why the winners were eventually chosen, are enclosed in this pack.

Award categories and sponsors

Charity of the Year - sponsored by State Street Global Services.

Awarded to the charity that the judges believe has consistently delivered outstanding service to its beneficiaries; promoted and raised its cause; been clear in its goals and strategy and demonstrated excellence all round.

Fundraising Team of the Year - sponsored by Cazenove Capital Management – Wealth Management from Schroders.

Awarded to a locally based fundraising team on the basis of its innovation and results that achieve or exceed the aims of a campaign, or campaigns, during the previous 12 months.

Organising Committee of the Year - sponsored by RG Falla

Awarded to the organisers of an annual event, one-off project or campaign which has been particularly successful in engaging with the local community and whose participants have demonstrated great teamwork.

Outstanding Individual Achievement - sponsored by KPMG Channel Islands Limited

Awarded to a person who has demonstrated innovation, teamwork, passionand integrity throughout their involvement, and who has produced an identifiably profound effect on a charity or voluntary organisation through their work and/or leadership.

Overseas Award - sponsored by Specsavers

The Overseas Award is for a local charity or initiative whose work benefits areas outside the Bailiwick of Guernsey.

Award for Corporate Social Responsibility - sponsored by RBC Wealth Management

The CSR award recognises the active involvement of a commercial company and its team directly with charitable, voluntary or community projects in its locality, or through its partnership with a local charitable, voluntary or community organisation that has had a quantifiably positive effect on the local community over the last year/s.

Youth Award (new this year) - sponsored by Guernsey Electricity

Awarded to a young person who encapsulates commitment, contribution and giving, either to or for the community, individuals, family or others. A young unsung hero. Through caring, by volunteering, by achieving, in showing spirit or heroic deed, perhaps above and beyond expectation and in ways that would not normally attract the limelight.

2014 Winners

Youth Award

Winner - Andre Dias
Shortlisted - Alice Russell, Daniel Jehan

Outstanding Individual Achievement

Winner - Trevor Kelham
Shortlisted  - Dr Maggie Costen, Dr Margaret Ogier

Overseas Award

Winner  - The Eleanor Foundation
Shortlisted - Aid Reaching Children, Friends of Romania

Corporate Social Responsibility

Winner - BWCI
Shortlisted - Northern Trust, Specsavers

Organising Committee of the Year

Winner - Floral Guernsey Schools Project Team for Magical Day in the Park 2014
Shortlisted - Sark Folk Festival, Torteval Scarecrow Festival

Fundraising Team of the Year

Winner - Male Uprising Guernsey
Shortlisted - 7 Marathons in 7 Days, 30 Bays in 30 Days

Charity of the Year

Winner - Young People Guernsey: The HUB
Shortlisted - Autism Guernsey, Guernsey Mind

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