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

Thank you to everyone who submitted nominations for the 2017 Community Awards.

The full details of all nominations and shortlisted profiles are now available on our news page. Winners are detailed below.

We look forward to the 2018 Awards - news of when nominations open will be announced here.

Contact Sadie on 748056 or sadie@foundation.gg for further information.

Event

The 2017 Community Awards took place on Tuesday 31st October.

Details of winners and shortlisted nominees are below, along with photos and the event video.

 

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.

Paul Mundy, Managing Director of State Street Guernsey, 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.

2017 winners and shortlisted nominee are detailed below.

Charity of the Year

Sponsored by State Street

Winner

Citizens Advice Guernsey

Shortlisted

Guernsey Employment Trust

Les Cotils

Outstanding Individual Achievement Award

Sponsored by PwC

Winner

Bill Gardiner

Shortlisted

Rev. Richard Bellinger

Sandra Robilliard

Corporate Social Responsibility Award

Sponsored by RBC Wealth Management

Winner

The Channel Islands Co-operative Society Limited

Shortlisted

State Street

Northern Trust

Fundraising Team of the Year Award

Sponsored by Cazenove Capital

Winner

Royal Guernsey Light Infantry Charitable Trust

Shortlisted

Warren Mauger & Philip Smith

St Peter Port Christmas Lights

Organising Committee of the Year Award

Sponsored by RG Falla

Winner

Saffery Rotary Walk

Shortlisted

Guernsey Literary Festival

Guernsey Parkrun Organising Committee

Innovation Award

Sponsored by Specsavers

Winner

Headway Guernsey

Shortlisted

St Andrew's Floral Group

ECOF Bright Beginnings

Youth Award

Sponsored by Guernsey Electricity

Winner

Katie Sheppard

Shortlisted

Sarah Kirby

Macie Ceillam

Special Award

Presented by the Guernsey Community Foundation

Winner

Jurat Stephen Jones

View previous Awards winners and shortlisted nominees

View all the 2017 Community Awards nominees

Watch the highlights of the 2017 Awards

Thank you

The Foundation thanks the Awards sponsors as without them, this event would not be possible. So thank you State Street, Specsavers, Cazenove Capital, RG Falla, PwC Channel Islands, 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 Sponsored by State Street

Winner

Citizens Advice Guernsey

Citizens Advice Guernsey has offered a free, friendly and confidential service to the Bailiwick for the last 40 years. Thirty professionally trained voluntary advisors now deal with more than 10,000 enquiries on any subject each year, with housing, family, money, legal, consumer and employment issues being the most common. It values diversity, promotes equality and challenges discrimination.

In addition to giving individual advice, Citizens Advice aims to use its extensive experience to improve policies affecting the lives of all islanders. This is done through the distribution of statistics to relevant government departments and organisations, and the preparation of detailed and researched reports on specific issues.

The Friends of Citizens Advice Guernsey run a charity shop that raises more than 80% of the charity’s funding, and it uses this and other activities to promote the advice service.

The service is largely provided by a voluntary workforce that is subject to a high level of governance, with the quality of advice being regularly reviewed by external parties. This summer the local branch was rated highly by a national Citizens Advice auditor for governance, strategic business planning, risk, financial and people management, operational performance, partnership working, research and equality. Last year the charity received the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the equivalent of an MBE for voluntary groups.

There is no other source of free advice covering all subjects available locally. Over the last 40 years, Citizens Advice Guernsey has given local people the opportunity to talk confidentially about all aspects of their problems, identify what they want to achieve, discuss their options and decide what they would like to do. The emphasis is on helping the client learn to deal with the problem themselves so they are better able to cope in the future.

Chosen for having consistently delivered a fantastic service to its many clients over several years, backed by a group of professional and loyal volunteers, for using their research and knowledge to inform States policy making, and for having dealt with an increasing level of enquiries in the last year whilst introducing a new governance structure, the winner is Citizens Advice Guernsey.

Charity of the Year

Sponsored by Sponsored by State Street

Shortlisted

Outstanding Individual Achievement Award

Sponsored by Sponsored by PwC

Winner

Bill Gardiner

Bill was diagnosed with Age-Related Macular Degeneration in January 2014. He was well aware of the seriousness of this condition and that he could lose all central vision, as well as requiring monthly injections into his eyes at Southampton hospital. Bill met another patient from Guernsey, Tilly Fisken, and, before the return flight was over they soon realised that there must be many other sufferers on the island and decided to set up a self-help group, and so the Guernsey Macular Society came into being.

A monthly meeting took place where Bill encouraged others to speak out about their condition and their concerns and soon the numbers grew. Bill’s philosophy in life has always been ‘Focus on what you can do, not on what you can’t’ and this optimism and self-belief encouraged and reassured many other local sufferers.

He recognised that by encouraging involvement from the members they would gain confidence in their ability, overcome anxieties and concerns, and ultimately start to rebuild their lives.

The response from members was brilliant and several stepped forward to take on various tasks, allowing Bill to focus on an awareness campaign which he has worked on tirelessly. He promoted the Societyon BBC radio, contacted all local ophthalmic specialists and opticians on the island and arranged for a member of Moorfield’s Eye Hospital research team to visit the island to discuss the latest research into treatments.

Bill takes the lead on the ‘political aspect’ of the group, ensuring that policies, contracts and funding by the States of Guernsey are properly representative for patients with macular conditions, relative to quality of life, and life expectancy. He is willing to meet States representatives to give accounts from sufferers, and discuss existing and future medical policies.

In July this year the Society celebrated its third birthday with more than 70 members on its distribution list, and it continues to grow with a wide calendar of events. Bill’s passion for the Society, its members, and for hopefully finding a cure, is constantly evident, and he personally has had a profound effect on people’s lives.

Chosen for having initiated support for a group of people where there was previously none, and for having had a profound effect both on those people and the organisation he founded, the winner is Bill Gardiner

Outstanding Individual Achievement Award

Sponsored by Sponsored by PwC

Shortlisted

Corporate Social Responsibility Award

Sponsored by Sponsored by RBC Wealth Management

Winner

The Channel Islands Co-operative Society Limited

The Society set about creating a Vision in 2016 that reflected its core purpose of making a difference in its community. While a major chunk of commitments involved financial support, it was also very aware that true community engagement is about being involved.

The new framework has three key strands: championing key community topics, creating Society links with the community, and the Co-Op Way – encouraging principles of co-operation. The Society has assisted with a number of community projects this year by way of giving funds and produce, supporting local charities with fundraising prizes - in 2016, this was over £11,000 - organising events, a care home delivery service and much more. This was helped by investing in a community van allowing the Society to easily access more community initiatives. It also recruited a community officer, based in Guernsey, to really focus on local activities and deliver better quality outcomes.

Its core principle of trying to help as many charities, groups and projects as possible remains, with the Helping Hands fund designed to assist a diverse range of charities with smaller amounts of money.

The Society is proud to have achieved a key part of its Vision and built better links with the community, championing some key topics, and working with volunteer groups and other local organisations in a collaborative way. Specific examples include support of the St Peter Port Christmas Lights Appeal, Le Viaer Marchi, Fairtrade and promoting healthy eating with children though a Goodness Gang Garden campaign. In addition an Eco fund is designed to help those groups who want to environmentally promote and protect the islands, generated through the sale of carrier bags. Another new initiative has been a trial partnership with the Food Bank in Guernsey who collect food waste from the St Martin’s Store daily and either use on that day or freeze for later use. New links have also been made with The Youth Commission and The Women’s Refuge to initiate the same process.

Throughout the year the Society has expanded and energised its community activities in a structured and focused way.

Chosen for demonstrating a genuine passion for helping the community, for the way it has restructured and re-energised its CSR programme over the last few years, and the wide range of CSR activities in which it is involved, the winner is The Channel Islands Co-operative Society Limited.

Corporate Social Responsibility Award

Sponsored by Sponsored by RBC Wealth Management

Shortlisted

Fundraising Team of the Year Award

Sponsored by Sponsored by Cazenove Capital

Winner

Royal Guernsey Light Infantry Charitable Trust

The Trust was formed last year by military historian Chris Oliver and Lt-Col Colin Vaudin to mark the local regiment’s heroic role in the Great War during the centenary year of the notorious Battle of Cambrai, Les Rues Vertes and Lys.

In conjunction with the Guernsey Press, the ‘Guernsey’s Finest Hour’ campaign was launched to help the Trust raise an ambitious £30,000 for memorials in Guernsey and France in memory of the 327 Guernsey men killed and 667 wounded or missing in the battle.

Thanks to the RGLI Charitable Trust there will now be dedicated and maintained tributes at home and abroad, plus a means for future generations to remember the contribution of these men.

On 4th June 2017, the Trust organised a service and unveiling of the first ever memorial to the RGLI in the Town Church, together with a re-enactment march, involving local schoolchildren. An official party of dignitaries, including a Minister from France, attended, and a visiting French warship also featured in this major event.

The Guernsey’s Finest Hour campaign target of £30,000 has now been achieved, largely via public fundraising. There has been some corporate sponsorship, however Chris and Colin were particularly keen to encourage islanders, young and old, to donate whatever they could to the appeal, to ensure a true sense of ownership and to record the names of those who served, linked to their families today.

Both have also raised the profile of these activities by speaking at schools, community gatherings and associations in Guernsey, France and the UK to bring home the message of how the memorials and events belong to the people of Guernsey, the wider WW1 conflict and are a part of its culture.

The Guernsey’s Finest Hour campaign included extensive media coverage. Particularly successful was a Roll of Honour listing donors who were keen to help and where many shared the reasons for their support.

Campaigning now continues to ensure Guernsey will always have dedicated places to remember the bravery of the RGLI, and to fund a legacy scheme to ensure younger islanders will always know of their regiment’s story.

Chosen for having achieved its fundraising goals through an impressive campaign which engaged the Guernsey population from old to young, raising awareness of a significant event that should never be forgotten, the winner is the Royal Guernsey Light Infantry Charitable Trust 

Fundraising Team of the Year Award

Sponsored by Sponsored by Cazenove Capital

Shortlisted

Organising Committee of the Year Award

Sponsored by Sponsored by RG Falla

Winner

Saffery Rotary Walk

The Saffery Rotary Walk is now more than 20 years old and is arguably the most prominent and most iconic charitable event in the Guernsey calendar. As a pre-eminent fundraising effort it is recognised and respected by many charitable organisations and indeed their sponsors - not only those that have been beneficiaries in the past but those which hope to benefit in the future. Over the last 20 years around 7,000 people have participated in the Walk and more than £600,000 has been raised for local charities.

2017 has been a truly record breaking year in the history of the Walk, with funds raised of £85,430, 28 charities benefitting from money raised, over 900 walkers taking on the 39 mile challenge, and the widest possible inclusion of walkers from the Guernsey community.

This year saw a new partnership with the Guernsey Disability Alliance which provided their members with a customised check-in, lower fee, and choice of three different routes, all of whom crossed the finish line. Other innovations were the Race Nation walker scanning, the introduction of walking in relay teams and “Walking in memory” of a former walker.

While the Walk takes place on just one day each year it is not surprising that behind the scenes a highly energised and dedicated committee is working year-round to organise, plan, refresh and innovate. This ensures that the Saffery Rotary Walk remains top of mind, aspirational and inspirational for hundreds of islanders and an increasing number of off-island participants. The committee’s work never stops and takes a large number of people many hours to organise through-out the year. A network of more than 75 volunteers is also invaluable on the day of the walk itself.

Chosen for having had a record-breaking year introducing several innovations, for being particularly successful in engaging with the community, and for having widened their remit to become more inclusive following their partnership with the Guernsey Disability Alliance, the winner is Saffery Rotary Walk.

Organising Committee of the Year Award

Sponsored by Sponsored by RG Falla

Shortlisted

Innovation Award

Sponsored by Sponsored by Specsavers

Winner

Headway Guernsey

Headway has been nominated for being the driving force behind an innovative partnership with the Committee for Health and Social Care (HSC) and the charity Pink Ladies. Over the course of almost three years, Headway’s executive director lobbied Deputies, HSC managers and the neurological team, bringing all sides together to support the need for an extra resource to develop services for islanders living with and recovering from serious brain injury. In addition, talking to the oncology team and with Pink Ladies, they also identified a need for an assistant psychologist to work alongside the sole clinical neurological psychologist. It was clear throughout this process that HSC were not in a position to fund this post but would consider part funding (in essence 1 day a week). Hence the need to be driven forward by Headway.

Headway sought funding for the post, putting together a persuasive proposal, where three years funding for Headway’s part (2 days a week) was secured. The Pink Ladies also secured their funding and HSC committed to part-funding. The new assistant psychologist started in September 2016, working 1 day for HSC, 2 days for Pink Ladies at the hospital and 2 days a week at Headway House. The effects of the new role have surpassed expectations and have led to seamless transition of care from HSC services into Headway services, improved links with HSC, rejuvenated the Acute Brain Injury Pathway and has allowed Headway to extend their provision of direct services to individuals, which help re-train the brain and teach lost and new skills to members and provide support to their carers.

This shared role and relationship between two charities and the public sector is a real example of how various organisations can work towards a common goal by being creative and forward thinking. This project model has been presented on various platforms as a way forward for third sector and public partnerships. The drive, commitment and dogged determination of Headway to see this project through to a successful conclusion is testament to the strength of the charitable sector and the professionalism and credibility of Headway.

Chosen for having vigorously and successfully campaigned to forge an innovative partnership to deliver a new invaluable service which benefits both the service users and providers alike, the winner is Headway Guernsey

Innovation Award

Sponsored by Sponsored by Specsavers

Shortlisted

Youth Award

Sponsored by Sponsored by Guernsey Electricity

Winner

Katie Sheppard

Katie,19, has been working with Caritas Community LBG for five years. This is quite a commitment and is especially praise-worthy since she has had to contend with quite significant adversity. She persists through difficult times and always does as much as she can to help others.

Katie’s first involvement with Caritas was to help sell vegetables at the Farmers’ Market as part of her ASDAN Award Scheme. Katie continued to work regularly for the charity and became a trustworthy, conscientious andreliable member of the team. She is delightfully cheerful and many customers have built up a lovely rapport with her over the years.

Katie has contributed to the work of the charity in many ways, including baking cakes and supporting work in the Community Café, and has also been responsible for masterminding and organising three fundraising quizzes, helping raise approximately £3,000. She is extremely well organised and able to communicate with everybody involved at various levels. Even though Katie started her intensive Open University degree last year, she continues to help at the Farmers’ Market on a regular basis.
Katie also volunteers with children’s groups at Holy Trinity Church and at St Mary and St Michael's Catholic Primary School.

Chosen for her long term consistent commitment to a charity, where she has used her initiative in a number of ways whilst overcoming her own personal adversity, the winner is Katie Sheppard.

Youth Award

Sponsored by Sponsored by Guernsey Electricity

Shortlisted

Special Award

Sponsored by Presented by the Guernsey Community Foundation

Winner

Jurat Stephen Jones

Jurat Stephen Jones has made an outstanding contribution to the island community for over 30 years. One of his significant contributions is sitting on the Board of Directors of the Chest and Heart LBG for 14 years. He was a trustee of the original association and latterly treasurer, but also provides ideas about potential service development and fundraising for the charity. He played a very significant role in advice and administration when the Association became an LBG, ensuring a smooth transition not least due to his expert guidance and hard work correlating all the necessary documentation and procedures.

Another significant contribution has been his service of more than 20 years to the Guernsey Cheshire Homes, where he has provided bookkeping, fundraising and payroll services and also acted as Treasurer and then hands-on Chair. Stephen restructured the format of the committee with skill and sensitvity, making it more focused and effective. His passion, integrity and leadership skills meant that the Home was always considered a happy one, where people with disabilities have been given an opportunity to be as independant as they can.

As Trustee of the Lloyds Bank Foundation of the Channel Islands from 2009 and as Chair from 2011-2015 Stephen led the Foundation in its work to strengthen the voluntary sectors across both Guernsey and Jersey, investing up to £1 million a year to deserving causes.

He has played a pivotal role in Help a Guernsey Child for over 10 years, a charity set up to help young people and their families, where he has contributed to a sustainable funding future as well as ensuring that the often small grants and welfare payments made by the charity go directly to those that need them most, going out of his way to provide that very personal support and service.

Far from taking it easier as his responsibilities as a Jurat continue to grow, Stephen accepted the role of Director of Guernsey Employment Trust in 2015 and took on the additional responsibility as Chairman of the Management Committee. Stephen has provided invaluable support to the team during the launch of a new and transformative service which has improved the outcomes for those with disabilities seeking employment.

Stephen has been inspirational in giving his time, energy and expertise to many local charities and his advice is held in very high regard.

Special Award

Sponsored by Presented by the Guernsey Community Foundation

Shortlisted

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