Community Awards 2018: The Winners!
Last night saw our 8th annual Community Awards ceremony take place, and the months-long process of nominations, judging, shortlisting and finally picking the winners draw to a close.
The judges were incredibly impressed with the calibre of the nominations this year and whittling nominees in each category down to three for the shortlist, and then one eventual winner, was no easy task.
We are delighted announce that this year's winners were:
Charity of the Year - Guernsey Mind
Chosen for having consistently delivered outstanding service, for having demonstrated excellence with all of its projects, successfully promoted positive mental health through effective and far reaching campaigns and for becoming the go to service for mental health wellbeing for employers and individuals alike. Guernsey Mind's activities truly are reducing stigma and changing the conversation around mental health locally.
Outstanding Individual of the Year - Jon Honour
For demonstrating excellent leadership skills, commitment, innovation and an ambitious vision - for both his organisation and to improve provision for those most in need in the island - this year's Outstanding Individual is Jon Honour, Chair of the Guernsey Welfare Service. Jon has overseen several new projects at the Welfare Service, including the establishment of a new foodbank for some of Guernsey's most vulnerable citizens.
Organising Committee of the Year - Floral Forest
Chosen for the team’s dedication to the local community and for the long-lasting impact its work will have, for its engagement with multiple partners, including local primary schools and for achieving an impressive gold award at a national level.
The Youth Award - Charlotte Horsepool
Charlotte was chosen out of a particularly competitive shortlist, for displaying outstanding leadership qualities, endless energy and enthusiasm for helping others. As Club President, Charlotte has made a tangible difference to a local charitable organisation, the Leo Club of Guernsey and, as a result, to many of those in need in the community, especially the elderly and other isolated islanders.
Fundraising Team of the Year - Ernie's Angels
Ernie's Angels innovative fundraising campaign raised widespread awareness of its cause, which is to provide funds for people going through palliative and respite care, and funeral costs. Ernie, who sadly passed away last year, captured the hearts of its partners and the public alike with his fundraising campaign. Ernie's Angels provides relief for families during one of the most difficult times of their lives.
Corporate Social Responsibility - Investec Guernsey
Chosen for demonstrating long term engagement and commitment with its projects at Amherst and La Mare de Carteret primary schools, by both the organisation and its staff, and for having a measurable effect on improving young people’s future prospects, the winner is Investec. Investec's dedication to CSR impressed our judges and their efforts working with children on various projects, including literacy, numeracy and outdoor activities, has a significant positive impcat on pupil attainment.
The Innovation Award - The Pollinator Project
Chosen for its varied range of new environmental initiatives for Guernsey, for its collaboration with multiple partners and for the reach of its awareness raising activities in such a short space of time, the winner is The Pollinator Project.
Full profiles of this year's winners can be found here.
The Foundation would like to congratulate all winners and all nominees for their tireless work to make our community a better place and we are humbled to be able to provide a forum, in the shape of the Community Awards, to celebrate their diverse and inspirational contributions. As several of our speakers noted last night, this vital work often goes on behind the scenes, across all sections of our community and is not frequently enough acknowledged.
We would like to thank our sponsors: State Street, Specsavers, RBC Wealth Management, Cazenove Capital, RG Falla, Guernsey Electrictiy and PwC CI for their continued support, without which the Community Awards would not be possible. We thank too our distinguished guests, including Deputy Gavin St Pier, who used the opportunity to speak at the Awards to announce several exciting new ventures for closer, "clear and consistent collaboration" between Government and the local voluntary sector.
One of these initiatives will be he Social Investment Commission, which, in Deputy St Pier's words, "will ensure that the States distributes more funding to more community partners with less bureaucracy". This is very much in keeping with the GCF's new vision for the voluntary sector, and we are excited to contribute to this and other projects as they develop.
“In May, the Community Foundation set out a vision for the third sector. At the heart of it is building a truly effective partnership between the community and government. Establishing that partnership is an important and achievable objective – and I thank the Community Foundation for giving that work momentum and leadership.
We thank all those who made a nomination and hope that everyone can get thinking about who they could sponsor for next year's awards. As one former winner put it: "Someone said there is nothing better than a good surprise. If there is anyone who you think deserves an award such as this, please pick up your laptop now and nominate them. Just to be nominated is a wonderful boost to any individual who has given their time and enthusiasm to Guernsey Society the pride reaches the individual nominee, their family , their charity and far beyond. Go on, nominate them".