Eight local charities have been awarded a share of £30,000 at this year’s Barclays Community Awards event, held at the Pomme d’Or Hotel.
The winners were selected by a judging panel including Spencer Davies of Channel 103FM, Kevin Keen, CEO at Jersey Post and from Barclays, managing director Paul Savery and Adele Langlois.
£1,000 was awarded to the Young Enterprise Company Programme which sets year 12 students to work in groups to run their own companies for nine months. The funding will be split between the four groups to provide “seed capital” for their enterprise efforts. The charity aims to provide young people with the opportunity to learn about the value of business through practical projects.
Centre Point Trust, a charity which aims to support working and single parents with the provision of affordable child care, was awarded £2,075 to support their ‘Funky Monkey’s Grow Their Own’ project. This sees the children grow their own fruit and veg as well as learning about cooking and marketing their produce to “sell” to other units.
£6,900 was presented to Brighter Futures to fund its ‘making changes’ programme. Clients already engaged in the long-term work of Brighter Futures will be given the opportunity to join the programme which aims to build confidence and move participants to an independent work based culture. The programme will include participation in the City and Guild STEPS programme, six weeks IT training and literacy and numeracy skills training and a first aid qualification.
Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Jersey received £4,000 for the charity’s ‘special fund’ programme which supports young people who may otherwise be unable to complete the award. The funding will be used to pay for any part of the award programme including volunteering, physical activity and expeditions.
£2,205 was awarded to Headway Jersey for their weekly brain injury survivor swimming therapy sessions. The charity provides free support, information and services to people with a brain injury, their family and carers. The swimming sessions help to improve strength, co-ordination, flexibility and balance for members, as well as other benefits such as self-confidence and a sense of achievement
£4,000 of funding was given to St John’s ambulance for their Young Carers programme which will help train 11-16 year olds in first aid skills as well as other care and social skills. These young people with caring responsibilities will also be given the opportunity to take respite trips to socialize with other young carers and to take part in fun activities.
Jersey Women’s Refuge received £7,950 to train a member of staff as a Human Givens Psychotherapist. A list of needs, both physical and emotional has been identified and the refuge has been training staff to become qualified psychotherapists in order to respond to these needs.
£1,800 was awarded to Autism Jersey to fund a project that will help to support siblings that are affected by Autistic Spectrum Conditions within their families. The ‘AJ LINX’ project will help to build a support network for brothers and sisters whose families are affected by these conditions by meeting monthly to undertake fun activities such as cooking, arts and crafts, sports and music therapy.
As a surprise on the night, Barclays presented two additional awards. These were given to the Community Sports Programme and to Spencer Davies from Channel 103 for the radio station’s partner charity, Help a Jersey Child. Paul Brannan, Community Sports Development Officer for the Community Sports Programme, was presented with a cheque for £9,000 to help with the continued support of the 2012/2013 Barclays late night leagues and Spencer Davies was presented with a cheque for £500 to help local families supported by Help a Jersey Child.
“The awards we have made this year showcase a range of fantastic local initiatives, with many of them supporting Barclays key aims of developing life, financial and entrepreneurial skills in young people,” said Mr Savery.
“We are really excited to be able to make the donations and we are looking forward to seeing how the projects develop and to working with the chosen charities to help their plans and initiatives become a reality.”