Artwork designed by a client from the Adult Special Needs Day Service will be used on the Bailiff’s Christmas Card this year.
The artwork was chosen after Lady Birt, wife of the Bailiff, met the Special Needs Service manager, Fiona McLaughlin, and asked if a client would like to design a Christmas card.
The winner, whose identity is being kept secret so the win is a surprise for them, will be named on Friday afternoon at the presentation at the Adult Special Needs Day Centre. Around 25 service users created a design of their own for a Christmas card, and the Bailiff chose the winning design.
This week, the winner, and the team at the SNS Day Service, which is based at Five Oaks, will have the opportunity to meet the Bailiff when he and Lady Birt make a presentation to thank the winner for their design on Friday afternoon.
Fiona McLaughlin, manager for the Adult Special Needs Day Service said: “All the clients who came up with a design for a Christmas card really enjoyed working on the project, and we are so pleased that the winning design will be seen by so many people in Jersey and beyond when the Bailiff uses it as his Christmas card. It means a lot to our clients and staff that the Bailiff and Lady Birt have taken an interest in our work, and we look forward to welcoming them to our centre on Friday.”
The Bailiff said: “I am delighted that the Adult Special Needs Day Service has responded to this invitation and it has been a pleasure to see so many of their clients participate in producing a range of different Christmas Card designs. There can only be one winner but I must commend the spirit in which the project has been managed by the staff and I thank all those who submitted entries.”
Minister for Health and Social Services, Deputy Anne Pryke added: “I am delighted that the Bailiff and Lady Birt will be visiting the Adult Special Needs Day Service tomorrow. The work which goes on there is wonderful, and I know that both the clients who use the service and staff alike will very much enjoy the visit.”