“The States has a heavy workload in the area of Social Policy but good progress is being made in improving our partnership with the voluntary sector. We are witnessing this especially in the researching and formulating of policy, and the Guernsey Community Foundation continue to provide interest, knowledge and practical assistance on a number of our initiatives for which we are sincerely grateful.”
Jonathan Le Tocq
Chief Minister of Guernsey in 2015
The Guernsey Community Foundation promotes better working between the government, business and voluntary sectors in order to meet the needs of the community.
We commission and conduct research into relevant local issues: to help inspire new initiatives, and to draw attention to areas of concern that may have been overlooked before now. We have investigated issues from the scale of the voluntary sector in Guernsey, to the nature of poverty in the island, to the role of social finance. Find out more under Research and Publications.
We actively encourage and support voluntary organisations to work more closely with the States, where they can provide valuable insights to the policy planning process. We participate in various States-led forums and act as a partner, adviser and critical friend to government where needed. See what we do under Working with Government.
We also support the development of social policy in a very hands-on way. Our work allows us to identify gaps in the way Guernsey meets the needs of the community and, from time to time, we have seeded new projects to help close those gaps. In 2013, we set up Ageing Well in the Bailiwick, a new network for older people’s organisations. In 2015 we helped to launch the Guernsey Employment Trust, taking on formerly States-run services for disabled people getting into work. Read more about our work under Strengthening the Sector.
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