Increased levels of Funding for the Pargiter Trust: Applications Now Open

More help for older people now available as Pargiter Trust announces increase in funding

The Pargiter Trust is giving the Guernsey Community Foundation a record amount of money to distribute to local charities in 2019.

Since 2014, the UK-based charitable trust has given the Foundation £50,000 a year to award to local charities that help people aged 65 and above to live independently, stay healthy, and feel socially included.  

In 2019, that amount will increase to £80,000.

Charities wishing to apply for funding have until 4th February to submit an application form to the Foundation.

Newly-appointed Guernsey-based Pargiter Trustee Mike Starkey said: “Pargiter is very much looking forward to working with the Guernsey Community Foundation in 2019. The increased level of support will, we believe, help older residents of Guernsey and Alderney.”

Jim Roberts, Chief Executive of the Guernsey Community Foundation, said: “Our partnership with the Pargiter Trust goes from strength to strength. In 2019, thanks to the generosity of Pargiter’s trustees, we anticipate a record number of charities being given help.

“Grants are awarded in support of work which improves the health and wellbeing of older people. That might involve increased access to facilities, advice and training, as well as help overcoming problems relating to old age. Grants can be used to fund existing services or new initiatives, or to meet capital costs such as the purchase of new equipment. We also consider applications from organisations that support carers of older people, and from professionals working in this field.”

Application forms are available to download from the Foundation’s website – – and may be completed by hand or electronically.

Help is available by contacting the Foundation on 748056 or by emailing


2018 Grant Recipients

Milly's Foundation

£3,600 towards training a facilitator for dementia training and for training care staff of the Connaught Care Home.

The Retired Union & OAP Association

£1,000 towards outings to celebrate the organisation’s 40th anniversary celebrations.

Men's Shed Guernsey

£5,700.00 towards tools, equipment and staff costs for the outreach project at Le Grand Courtil.

Age Concern

£3,102 towards Party in the Park celebrations for Age Concern’s 40th anniversary.

Alderney Community & Sports Centre Charitable Trust

£3,890 towards steps for the swimming pool, a shower wheelchair and railings.

Dementia Friendly Guernsey

£2,000 towards training courses and support materials.

Guille Allès Library

£6,900 for a one year pilot to develop an outreach and home delivery service for older adults.

St John's Residential & Nursing Home

£7,280 towards costs for the weekly exercise group, pressure relieving cushions and riser recliner chairs.

Le Grand Courtil Community Association

£1,680 towards coaching sessions

Styx Centre

£18,432 towards activity practitioners; development costs; lunch clubs and games session. 

St Peter's Church

£2,000 for a meal following the People’s Service on Liberation Day 2018, for older people who experienced the Occupation or Evacuations

Eldad Elim Church

£4,994 for the programme of quarterly hot meals for Seniors and Café excursions


About the Pargiter Trust

The vision of the Trust is a society where older people enjoy a better quality of life. The purpose of the organisation is to provide funding to benefit older people, providing value for money as far as possible. Older people are defined as being over 65 years of age. The mission of the Trust is to support disadvantaged older people to be independent, healthy and socially included.

“The Trust was founded by the late Isobel Cooper-Hartman to support older people,” says Mike Starkey.

“Isobel was passionate about ensuring that older people have the support they need to maintain independence and live happy, fulfilled lives. Isobel was very fond of Guernsey and bequeathed ownership of Sarnia Properties Limited to Pargiter. This Guernsey registered and based property investment company provides a significant element of Pargiter's funding, which enables it to provide much needed support to older people.

“Vastly improved life expectancy, whilst one of the great triumphs of the last century, brings new challenges for the future and when it comes to ageing we often forget about ordinary problems that people face in later life.”

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