It has been a very busy period for the One Foundation having agreed funding for 18 applications in the past 6 months. Find below a brief introduction to the beneficiaries who have been granted One Foundation awards in this time.
Jersey Learning Disabled Football Team: The main focus for the Jersey Learning Disabled Football Team is to encourage individuals with learning disabilities to become involved in football. They meet on a weekly basis and were recognised as Jersey Sports Association for the Disabled team of the year 2011. Funding from the One Foundation has supported the Jersey Learning Disabled Football Team on their trips away to compete in Harrogate and Bournemouth.
British Show Jumping Association: The One Foundation is delighted to have sponsored the build of the new All Weather Arena at the British Show Jumping Association showground at St Lawrence. The association raised a magnificent £32,000 for the build and the One Foundation has bridged the remaining gap. The former facility could only be used in the summer months as it was a danger in the winter months to the athletes and their horses because of the risk of slipping on the grass; once the new terrain was installed in September and it will enable riders to use the area in all weathers enabling more practice time for competitions. The British Show Jumping Association will be increasing their community involvement by enabling the Riding for the Disabled to use the facility.
Bowls Jersey: 14 islanders from Bowls Jersey are travelling to the World Bowls Championships in Adelaide, Australia this November. The team consists of 5 men and 5 ladies plus managers and a support team. The World Bowls Championships are held every 4 years for the top ranked 24 countries. Jersey’s present ranking is – Men 14th, and ladies 12th. This year the team are aiming for a top 8 finish in 2 events and 2 medals in individual competitions. The male team members who are travelling to Adelaide are Thomas Greechan, Lee Nixon, Greg Davis, Malcolm de Souza, Jamie MacDonald, Brian Bisson and David Ingram. The female team members are Karina Bisson, Suzie Dingle, Chris Grimes, Joan Renouf, Doreen Moon, Eileen Vowden and Margaret Le Marquand. As part of their community involvement the whole team will be running ‘Learn 2 Bowl’ programs to encourage locals of all ages to get involved in the growing sport. The Bowls Jersey team have already raised a significant amount of money towards their trip, the One Foundation is delighted to have been able to bridge the gap to the total needed.
Jersey Premier Brass: Jersey Premier Brass is a thirty piece brass band, established as a platform for the most accomplished brass musicians on the Island. Their guiding purpose is to perform challenging, quality repertoire locally and to represent Jersey in both the UK and Europe. The band has been running for nearly fourteen years and in that time they have performed in front of thousands of people at hundreds of concerts and events, varying from popular light entertainment to a more serious demanding repertoire. Jersey Premier Brass is very proud of having a strong presence at the heart of Jersey’s cultural and artistic life. The One Foundation has provided funding to Jersey Premier Brass to enable them to compete off island in the European Open Championships in November with hope of being promoted from Division 1 to the Elite Championship section.
Jersey Mencap ‘Taking Part, Making Art’: This project takes adults with learning disabilities to a variety of art classes and provides them with opportunities to gain practical skills and personal development. A number of the adults go on to complete the Art Foundation Skills course. At least five sessions are organised a week in different locations and those giving the classes are all recognised experts in their field, around 50 people per week benefit from the courses. The art is exhibited in public places thereby raising awareness of the work being done and of course promoting and rewarding the artists – hugely important in building their confidence.
Brighter Futures: Brighter Futures provides an Early Intervention Service for families in Jersey in order to break the intergenerational cycles of disadvantage and to allow families to take control of their lives and their futures. The service is delivered through a range of programmes known as the Journey into Well-Being. Brighter Futures have launched a new project called ‘Community Parents’. This programme is an informal parent support programme in which friendly local parents visit families on a weekly basis. Visits are confidential and are made by appointment. A Community Parent offers friendly support and shares their experiences. They will offer encouragement and help to build upon skills already practiced in Brighter Futures. They share lots of useful ideas and information, most of all they recognise that parents are the experts with their own children. Community parents are fully qualified and hold a City & Guilds Level 3 Working with Parents. The opportunity to become a Community a community parent is offered to those graduating from Brighter Futures with the necessary identified strengths and also to volunteers from different backgrounds that wish to support parents.
La Motte Street Youth Project: Currently there are 500 members of La Motte Street Youth Project aged between 12-18. Over the past four years they have built up a significant programme of events which develops music and performance based activities. The programme consists of a Song School, Stage School, Rock School, Gig School and Tour School. Not only do they aim to teach the skills required for music and performance but the programmes provide the young people with a range of positive social skills. For many members this will be the only opportunity they have to develop certain skills. Previously the focus at La Motte Street Youth Project was on musical creativity but there was an identified need to broaden the offering, so, La Motte Street Youth Project are about to embark on an exciting project to convert one of the rooms in their centre to a Photography & Media Studio. This will provide training and development opportunities to young people who are keen to pursue photography, video and website design. With the funding that has been provided by the One Foundation the Youth Project will purchase cameras, video cameras, screens, floor lighting, reflectors, computers and software.
Georgina Sutton: Georgina is in her third year of a four year degree course at the Royal College of Music (RCM) studying full time for a Bachelor of Music (Hons) degree in Piano. She is the first Jersey female to have been offered a chance to study Keyboard at the RCM and she is the only British girl in her year to study this instrument. The One Foundation has provided Georgina with funding towards piano rental to help her achieve her goals for the coming year.
Jersey United Banks Ladies: Jersey Ladies Rugby was formed in 2006; being the only ladies rugby team in Jersey there is a range of ability from complete novice to ex-international players. 2010-2011 was a very successful season with the Ladies winning 6 out of the 8 games played. The One Foundation supported the JUBLFC in the 2011-2012 season with funds towards their kits and travel for away games and will be continuing the sponsorship for the 2012-2013 season. The ladies have worked extremely hard on their community involvement and have been pivotal in the expansion of Ladies rugby in Jersey. They have held open days to encourage more individuals into the sport and also assist at training sessions at The Jersey Rugby Club Academy: Girls Section.
Jersey Archery Society: The Jersey Archery Society has been able to complete the build of a Clubhouse thanks to gap funding from the One Foundation. The clubhouse will enable Archers to train all year round as opposed to when the weather permits which is what they have to do currently. The Society obtained a small piece of land situated at Crabbe where they have been granted permission to erect the small structure. Two years ago the Jersey Archery Society set up a Junior Club which has proved to be very popular but sessions were always subject to the weather as there was no shelter for the participants or parents should the weather turn inclement, with the new clubhouse in place the sessions will be able to run throughout the year.
Jersey Cricket: The Jersey Cricket Board is committed to developing girls and women’s cricket. At present they have 60 female individuals in teams at child and adult level. Over the next 12 months they hope to double the participation rates. At present there are two clubs established in the Island and tournaments for girls and women take place both indoors and outdoors during the year.
Jersey Netball Association: Through funding from the One Foundation, the Jersey Netball Association has been able to acquire a four-court indoor facility. So far this has had a huge impact on the level of netball being played on the Island, but also the amount of people coming back into the sport. Free taster sessions are being offered to entice individuals back into netball. All regional league players from all age groups are able to travel to the UK to compete throughout the season. Kit is also provided to all regional league teams and the One Foundation support the existing and developing initiatives within Jersey Netball. The Jersey Netball Association has a very robust volunteer programme and they have won long service and grassroots coaches of the year awards for UK netball participation. Workshops regularly take place to improve coach performance. All 28 schools within Jersey take part in leagues organised by Jersey Netball and Team Jets.
Jersey Motor Cycle and Light Car Club: The One Foundation has provided funding towards the Jersey Motor Cycle and Light Car Clubs three most promising junior Moto-X riders. Lee Le Villez, Matthew Rayson and Kieran Gregory outshone the other members of the Club and we are delighted to be supporting them.
Grace Trust: The Grace Trust was established in 1999 as a Charitable Trust embracing Christian principles and providing both practical and personal help to some of the most vulnerable and needy on the Island. The vision of the trust is to ‘bring help to those in need; love and healing to the hurting and sick; comfort to the distressed; hope to the homeless and addicted; and salvation and direction to the lost’. The One Foundation is delighted to have provided funding towards the General Managers salary, on a day-to-day basis the manager undertakes the administration of the Social Support Project, provide counselling and organising fundraising for the Trust.
Jersey Table Tennis Association: The Jersey Table Tennis Association will be hosing the Primary and Secondary International Schools Tournaments in 2014 & 2016. The tables the club currently use have been in situ since the club opened in the 1990’s and are now perceived as ‘out of date’ and cannot be used by the disabled community. The One Foundation has been able to provide the Association with 18 new tables with the associated equipment. In return the JTTA are going to be extending their Schools Programme to 8 schools on the Island, each school will be given an old JTTA table and the Table Tennis Development Officer will run training sessions to encourage children to join in with the sport. ‘Ping’ tournaments are also going to be held in St Helier, this initiative sees table tennis tables placed in an outdoor area at lunchtimes for the public to come and have a go at the sport, coaches will be on hand to give demonstrations and basic training.
Jersey Special Gymnastics: The One Foundation is delighted to have provided funding to the Jersey Special Gymnastics team for a second consecutive year. The funding will go towards three off-islands trips, the British Gymnastics NDP Finals, the Poole Open and the British Open. The trips will see 28 gymnasts, their carers and coaches travelling off-island to take part in these well established events. This year the Gymnastics have exceeded all expectations of results which is a huge boost for the club.
Jersey Fencing: The Commonwealth Junior Fencing Championships were held in Jersey this year; this is the first time the event has been held in the British Isles. It was an U20 event over 3 weapons for both men and women. Twelve events were held in total which comprised of both individuals and teams. The event enabled the local juniors to participate in a competition with athletes from around the world; over 200 juniors travelled to Jersey in February to take part in the competition. Young spectators were able to see fencing at a very high standard and the event was used to actively promote the sport in Jersey.
Kevin Lemasney, Chairman of the One Foundation said; ‘This has been a fantastic first year of operation for the One Foundation and we are delighted to have been able to contribute in such a positive way to the local community. We have been hugely impressed with the dedication shown by the many volunteers that have assisted and their contribution to the Island is inspiring.’