Mind Jersey was awarded the prestigious title of Medium Charity of the Year at the Jersey Charity Awards on Sunday evening. The award, which recognises excellence in the local charity sector, acknowledges the growth Mind Jersey has achieved over the past 18 months with increased income, staff growth, new services being launched and more volunteers supporting the charity.
The accreditation from the Association of Jersey Charities was largely influenced by the Mind Jersey’s charity shop refurbishment and relaunch which has increased revenue for the charity. The refurbishment was praised for its clear strategy and collaborative community approach including support from a group of dedicated volunteers and the commercial organisations AFM, Waitrose St Helier, B.G. Romerils and Norman’s limited.
Lyn Wilton from the Association of Jersey Charities, said: “We were very impressed with Mind Jersey’s clear vision for growth and improving customer and volunteer experience. Their work in supporting people affected by mental health issues in Jersey is very important and their application was clear and well thought out. We are delighted to name them our Medium Charity of the Year.”
James Le Feuvre, Executive Director of Mind Jersey, said: “This award helps us recognise the wonderful work and dedication of the team of people who work for, and volunteer time with, Mind Jersey to bring Islanders the service we provide. Five thousand pounds is a significant amount to a charity of our size and we are extremely proud to have been awarded this accolade by the charity sector in Jersey.”
The Medium Charity of the Year category was open to any Jersey charity operating with 16-35 staff and volunteers. As the winner of the category, Mind Jersey was awarded £5,000, sponsored by Jersey Finance and presented on the day by the Lieutenant Governor Sir John McColl and Geoff Cook from Jersey Finance.