Funding available for vulnerable older people

Grants to support disadvantaged older people in the Bailiwick are available from today.

The Guernsey Community Foundation is working in partnership with the Pargiter Trust, a UK based charitable trust, whichaims to assist disadvantaged elderly people to be independent, healthy and socially included.

Charitable organisations who work with older people in the Bailiwick are encouraged to come forward and apply for funding. The Pargiter Trust defines older people as being over 65 years of age and applications should focus on this age group. The closing date for applications is Thursday 7 April.

This is the third time the Community Foundation has distributed funds on behalf of the Pargiter Trust. £35,000 has already been shared across a number of local causes over the past two years, including Headway, Eldad Elim Church, and St Saviours Community Centre.

‘The Trust was founded in 2005 by the Hon Isobel Cooper Heyman, who was a passionate campaigner, supporting older people to maintain independence and live healthy, happy lives.’ explained Sue Gardiner, Chair, Pargiter Trust.

‘Isobel lived life to the full, growing old both gracefully and disgracefully simultaneously and she recognised that support for older people would require significant benefactors, to meet this ever growing challenge.We have travelled a significant journey from Isobel’s initial thoughts.  The charity trust deed was established on the 2 December 2005, and we were registered with the charity commission on 16 February 2006. Our first trustee meeting was held on the 20th October 2006 at the Duke of Richmond Hotel in Guernsey, so 2016 marks our 10th anniversary and presents us with a number of exciting opportunities. 

The first grant we paid out was for £5,000 to Chichester Community Transport in 2007. That was the only grant we issued that year.  2015 was our first year operating as a Charitable Incorporated Organisation and in that year we paid out in excess of £230,000 to improve the lives of older people.  We are delighted to continue our relationship with the Guernsey Community Foundation,’ she said.

Grants will be awarded to support work or projects meeting the following themes: improving health and well-being of older people; improving access to facilities, advice and training; overcoming problems - helping older people who are experiencing difficult circumstances.

Grants may fund existing services or facilities, or new initiatives and can contribute to either capital costs such as funding new equipment, or support on-going running costs. The Trust will also accept applications from organisations supporting carers of older people and may also accept applications from professionals working in this field.

Full criteria and application forms are available to download from our Grants page and may be completed by hand or electronically. If you need any assistance to complete the application form please call Sadie on 748056 or email

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