The Channel Islands Co-operative Society donates more than £18,000 to good causes
More than 30 charities across the Channel Islands stand to benefit from a charitable donation of more than £18,000 from The Channel Islands Co-operative Society.
The organisations have been chosen to receive a share of the Helping Hands fund, which was set up in 1995 to provide financial support to good causes in the Channel Islands. Since its launch 23 years ago, the fund has provided approximately £270,000 to help groups in Jersey and Guernsey.
‘It’s always a difficult process choosing which charities to support as there are so many good causes in the islands doing great work. We look at each individual application and try to make our donations benefit as many charities and people as possible,’ said Katey White, the Society’s Membership and Community Manager.
Among this year’s recipients is Beresford Street Kitchen, a charity which trains and supports people with autism and other learning disabilities within a friendly and caring environment, which received £1,000.
LGBTQ Youth Jersey also received £500 in funding. The project provides young people with a safe space for LGBTQ individuals to meet and make friends with like-minded people. It allows them to express who they are and be confident in doing so, with no fear of being discriminated against, whilst participating in sessions to expand their skill set.
‘We are so grateful to the Co-op for this donation. The funds will go towards running youth club sessions and programmes to provide further support for LGBTQ young people. These sessions give them the opportunity to learn about their own identities and to work on building relationships with the wider community. It also helps young people to experience a sense of belonging and being an important part of the community,’ said David Bras, assistant youth worker at LGBTQ Youth Jersey.
He added: ‘For some LGBTQ young people, the experience of being open about who they are can bring about some challenges, which at times can lead to issues such as poor mental health, distress and self-harm. It’s important for these young people to be supported and to be heard. Then, together as a community, we can learn from them and protect them from vulnerable situations, which may hinder their development, future success and overall wellbeing.’
The Society received over 140 requests for funding across the Channel Islands for this year’s initiative. In Guernsey, 14 local charities benefitted from donations totalling more than £9,000.