Three charities benefit from £150,000 donation from HSBC, the largest to date as part of the bank’s community investment programme in Jersey
- 3 leading charity programmes will be enhanced by new investment
- 3,500 young people will be educated about the environment by the end of 2016
- 300 volunteering opportunities for HSBC employees to lend their support
HSBC has announced a new three year £150,000 community investment programme in Jersey, aimed at engaging and educating young people about the importance of protecting the environment.
Over the next three years, HSBC will work in partnership with Durrell, the National Trust for Jersey and youth charity The Prince’s Trust to develop three bespoke projects that will involve schools and the wider community, supported by volunteers from HSBC.
Conservation programme with The Prince’s Trust and Durrell
A new relationship has been created between HSBC in the Channel Islands and The Prince’s Trust whose programmes are delivered locally by its delivery partner the Jersey Youth Service. This relationship will see the launch of a bespoke three year conservation programme led by Durrell. Aimed at 16 to 25 year olds, the programme is designed to equip long-term unemployed young people with the knowledge and skills about conservation in action. The Prince’s Trust helps disadvantaged and vulnerable young people to get their lives on track through programmes that give them the practical and financial support needed to stabilise their lives, helping develop self-esteem and skills for work.
Taught by the Durrell Conservation Academy’s experts, the young people will learn about a range of subjects and get involved in projects around the park – as part of a community project through The Prince’s Trust Team Programme. There will also be further opportunities to attend practical workshops and a residential two week course later on in the year, as part of the programme.
Dermot Finch, regional director for the South of England at The Prince’s Trust said: “As well as providing an environment for learning about conservation, this programme is also a ground-breaking way of teaching young people important life skills including communication, leadership and business – all of which will help them find a job.”
Partnership with Durrell continues
HSBC will continue its partnership work with Durrell to create a dedicated sustainable energy site which will explain the impact of unsustainable fuels on the planet and the benefits of using carbon neutral techniques. This follows HSBC’s donation in 2011 to enable Durrell to purchase a biomass boiler for the bat house which has saved it £14,000 in electricity over the past two years.
Durrell’s CEO Oliver Johnson commented: “This is an ideal opportunity to expand our facilities, highlight the role of climate change, demonstrate sustainable practice and address the problem of escalating fuel costs. HSBC’s support enables us to develop our education programme and talk to school children about conservation and the environment.”
‘Wild Days Out’ education programme with the National Trust for Jersey
An expanded education programme will be launched as part of HSBC’s partnership with the National Trust for Jersey. The existing ‘Wild Days Out’ programme includes the very popular Bug Safari (a two hour grasslands and meadows guided walk); Rockpool Rambles (a two hour exploration of the rock pools on the south-east coast of Jersey); Woodland Wanders (games and activities in the woods at Hamptonne Countrylife Museum). The expanded programme will see further development of the ‘Really Wild Nature Club’, the launch of a ‘Bats and Butterflies’ project; schools having dedicated time with the Trust’s education officer, and access to a wildlife pond and bird-cam box.
Charles Alluto, CEO National Trust for Jersey said: “Our education programme has been incredibly successful over the last few years, helping young people discover the richness of wildlife that inhabits their immediate world. I’m delighted to build on our relationship with HSBC and expand the programme with some exciting new initiatives and a broader reach.”
HSBC employees can lend their support through over 300 volunteering opportunities in Jersey to work with young people to help them understand the importance of protecting the environment.
Nick Winsor, CEO of HSBC Channel Islands and Isle of Man commented: “I am delighted that HSBC is supporting these exciting programmes through our new investment. Our work with our three charity partners will increase awareness among young people of environmental issues and give them the resources to make a positive difference to the natural environment. This is a new element of HSBC’s global community investment programme which focuses primarily on education and the environment.”