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Helping Hands

We have been making a difference to local charities and community groups through our Helping Hands scheme for over 20 years.

This annual fund is open to Channel Island charities and organisations to provide financial help in order for them to continue the brilliant work they do.

Each year we receive an overwhelming amount of applications and each and every one is reviewed to ensure that smaller charities and causes aren’t overlooked.

In 2018 we received over 140 applications this year and were able to donate over £18,000 to support 30 local charities and organisations with their initiatives.

2018 scheme: 

Jersey

In 2018, the fund has been able to help:

 

Organisation

Amount

Description of project

Beresford Street Kitchen

£1,000

To project helps and supports people with autism and other learning disabilities to progress within BSK. The funding will help them excel and reach the highest level of training required for their future careers.

Freedom for Life Ministries

£500

FFLM is at the final stages of completing Jersey's first ever drop-in and support Centre for ex-prisoners and others with associated issues, such as addictions, homelessness, social isolation, through group work and one to one sessions, social events and mentoring. The funding will help them progress this project.

Headway (Jersey) Limited

£400

Headway provides group music therapy sessions for those who have suffered a brain injury, providing them with an outlet to help improve the use of their brain. The fund will be used to purchase a sound system to help with these sessions.

Healing Waves

£1,000

Healing Waves strives to enable individuals despite their condition and/or disability, both physical and neurological, to access the ocean in a safe way. The funds will help go towards a ‘waterwheels’ floating wheelchair and converting a trailer into a mobile office and changing facilities.

Jersey Alzheimer's Association

£250

The JAA provides help and support to local people living with dementia and their families. The funds will go towards the provision of new art materials for the next 12 months for Jersey Alzheimer's Association's 'Arts Exploration' weekly art as therapy group for people with dementia and carers.

Jersey Association for Youth  & Friendship

£500

JAYF provides accommodation for up to 27 vulnerable young people across a total of 4 sites in the town area. Following recent upgrading across all their accommodation, they will use the funds to work towards creating 'personal experiences' and/or 'group experiences' for their residents.

Jersey Child Care Trust

£1,000

The JCCT supports very young children with disabilities to go to nursery. With the donation, they will be able to fund 80 hours of additional support in order to help more children.

Jersey Search and Rescue K9-unit

£600

JSR K9 unit are training 6 Search dogs to provide support to our local emergency services when required, to aid in searches for missing, vulnerable people. The funds will be used to help with training and travel costs in order to achieve the national assessment in the UK.

LGBTQ Youth Jersey/Jersey Youth Service

£500

The project provides young people with a safe space for them to meet likeminded people and allows them to express who they are, with no fear of being discriminated against. The funds will be used to continue to make a difference to the lives of LGBTQ young people and offer them positive experiences and opportunities for them to healthily develop their identity and make friends.

Maufant Youth Project

£600

The project provides a safe learning environment for young people where they learn about basic life skills but most importantly where they learn about themselves. The funds will help to purchase a new oven and utensils to continue to teach cooking skills to children and young adults.

Pain Support Jersey

£359

PSJ is a group run by and for persistent pain sufferers, offering practical help, friendship and encouragement. Following a successful trial of an outside exercise and walking programme, the funds will be used to enhance the session by offering water bottles and lanyards with small notepads to record repetitions of exercises to add to a record sheet at the end of each session.

Philip's Footprints

£150

The charity provides support to parents after the loss of their child in both Jersey and Guernsey. The funding will be used to help provide memory boxes to Jersey maternity.

Rising Voices

£200

Rising Voices is a community choir for people, carers and families living with and beyond cancer. The funding will help with purchasing new music the choir can learn and take out to the community.

St John Ambulance, Jersey

£1,000

St John Ambulance volunteers offer a valuable service by attending many events for which helps raise income for a variety of charities. The funds will be used to purchase heavy duty wet and warm clothing for volunteers providing public event cover

The Good Companions Club

£500

The Good Companion Club provides a social centre for people over the age of 55 who want friendship and to keep active in body and mind. The funds will be used to purchase new laptops to store personal records, allowing their care team to be fully informed on all member’s needs.

The Inclusion Project

£500

A special needs youth project, supporting young people in Jersey aged 11-25 with varying needs and disabilities. The funds will be used towards running their summer programme which will help to increase friendships and reduce social isolation through fun activities, trips and clubs.

Guernsey

In 2018, the fund has been able to help:

 

Cause

Amount

Brief description

Be Active initiative

£ 950

The Be Active initiative is a community response to promoting physical wellbeing and leading active lives among young people in Guernsey. The funds will be used to provide schools with posters, stickers, signs and stencils to mark a ‘Daily Mile’ route, providing a simple way for schools to help pupils to get more active by encouraging them to run or walk for 15 minutes every school day.

Carers Coming Together

£600

The group helps provide support and relaxation for people caring for sick or disabled loved ones at home or in long-term residential care. The funds will be used to provide carers a relaxing day away from stress at home and meeting other carers who offer emotional support.

Channel Islands Air Search

£176

Channel Islands Air Search is a voluntary organisation providing a rapid response airborne search and rescue service in Channel Island waters. The aircraft is crewed by highly trained volunteers who are ready to turn out in all weathers, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The funds will be used to purchase a table cover to make them more visible at events, encouraging more donations.

Choices LBG

£750

Choices LBG is a charity providing an essential Contraceptive and Sexual advice service to the Bailiwick of Guernsey. Funding will be used to assist with the staffing and sourcing of promotional materials such display boards, tables and literature.

Dementia Friendly Guernsey

£1,000

DFG is a partnership of charities, organisations and professionals committed to making Guernsey dementia friendly and a place where people with dementia can live well. The funds would be used to promote awareness of their campaign, recruiting and delivering awareness sessions.

Ernie’s Angels

£500

Ernie’s Angels is a charity which provides financial assistance towards palliative and funeral expenses for children in Guernsey. The funds will be used to contribute towards funeral costs for local terminally ill children.

GO - Giving Opportunities

£1,000

GO is a non-profit charity which provides training to people with social / communications difficulties and those with mental health problems, to enable them to find worthwhile employment. The funds will be used to set up workshops; up-cycling items and offering training opportunities to more people seeking employment

Guernsey Voluntary Service

£300

The GVS is an independent charity service for older people in Guernsey with two day centres, meals on wheels and other services within the community. The funds will be used to purchase outdoor activity items for their Jubilee Day Centre.

GROW Limited

£500

GROW provides a safe and secure working environment where people with learning and other disabilities can build up their confidence levels in order to work and interact within the community. The funds will be used to provide storage for charity fund-raising equipment and upcycled / refurbed garden furniture.

Guernsey Youth & Community Theatre

£400

The GYCT is a not for profit charity whose aim is promote, foster and facilitate drama and theatre arts for young people and the wider community. The funds will be used to build on the community projects so that anyone can take part either on or offstage.

St Martins Primary School

£170

The funds will be used to help to support parents prepare their children for the emotional, social and academic demands of starting school through training sessions and games with their children.

St Mary & St Michael Primary School

£500

The funds will be used to replace both the infant and junior climbing frames and improve the surrounding area.

Wooden Spoon

£750

The Wooden Spoon are raising funds for WigWam and Riding for the disabled and other disadvantaged children in Guernsey, all funds raised at the events stay in Guernsey.

Youth Commission

£1,500

Acting as an umbrella organisation for the youth sector generally, the Youth Commission supports many other charities and groups working with children and young people in the Bailiwick. The funds will towards delivering ‘Decider Skills’ a programme designed to teach children and young people to manage their emotions through 12 simple skills.

 

 

 

 

2017 scheme
We received over 120 applications last year and it was extremely difficult to choose where the money should go. We review each application to make sure smaller charities and causes aren’t overlooked. 

In 2017, the fund helped these organisations in Jersey:

Organisation

Amount

Description of project

10th Beech Beavers

£100

Developing cooking skills and educating children on healthy eating. They required cooking utensils

Art In The Frame Foundation

£216

The space at Harbour Gallery is used for art across all sectors of the island from 5 years old to GCSE students and Mencap. They required two new tables

Brighter Futures

£500

They need some physical and small world equipment to support families living in Jersey to engage in life changing opportunities

Brook

£1,150

New water tanks for kitchen and consultation room

Caesarea Association 

£300

Purchase of a new washing machine for residential home laundry for 9 residents 

Contact The Elderly

£250

To cover the cost of extra outings for elderly Jersey residents living alone and in need of company. Currently, they are helping 18 people with plans to help more people in 2017

Every Child Our Future (ECOF)

£1,000

Funds used to help children from disadvantaged backgrounds in school with literacy and numeracy. 

Jersey Arts Centre

£500

Seeking sponsorship for this year's YouTheatre production of 'Treasure Island' in April, which will give young actors the opportunity to experience an al-fresco, promenade performance in a local heritage venue. 

Jersey Beekeepers' Association

£500

Now in its 100th year, they want to increase the profile and importance of beekeeping through promotional signs at public events 

Jersey Recovery College

£763

To provide educational courses free of charge to people experiencing mental health difficulties and the friends, family and professionals who support them

Jersey Sugar Art

£250

Ingredients to bake cakes for Jersey Hospice.

Jersey U3A

£300

To purchase a projector for U3A meetings.

Lifesavers Jersey

£300

The club teaches lifesaving skills and courses to children aged 8 and upwards. Their aim is to encourage younger children to become water and beach safe, along with first aid, survival skills and rescue techniques in a pool or beach environment. 

St Peter's Youth Club

£1,000

The funding will be used to update the resources to ensure they have sufficient equipment to deliver a number of cooking activities and educate young people in the importance of healthy eating and the benefits of food preparation. 

Stroke Association Jersey

£1,000

To raise awareness to young people. 

The Good Companion Club

£200

Provide instruments for music therapy for elderly club members. 

Triumph Over Phobia (TOP) Jersey

£400

To bring a clinician to Jersey in May 2017 to lead a "Living Life to the Full" training day for supporters at the TOP Jersey weekly meetings and for people who attend the TOP group. 

Wetwheels Jersey

£500

To help Wetwheels volunteer skippers and crew to get the right training to serve their passengers with physical and mental challenges.

 

In Guernsey, the fund helped:

Organisation

Amount

Description

11th Le Grand Courtil Brownies

£100

To purchase a mobile caddy to keep craft equipment in one place and to be able to take to meetings around the island. 

1st Guernsey (Victoria) Sea Scouts

£600

To purchase a double sit on kayak and two paddles allowing another experienced scout or adult to accompany scouts so they can take part and promote inclusion for all of our members.  

Every Child Our Future PCC Limited

£1,500

Food vouchers to provide light, healthy refreshments at The Children's Centre, a welcoming, relaxed environment to encourage, in particular, those families who experience disadvantage and isolation

GSF Mental Health Fellowship

£500

To raise awareness of mental health issues in Guernsey and how GSF Mental Health is helping people with enduring mentalh health problems   

Guernsey Caring for Ex-Offenders (LBG)

£300

To purchase a storage facility to look after personal belongings while people are in prison or rehab so they don't lose everything 

Guernsey Disability Alliance LBG 

£1,500

To bring down barriers for disabled islanders to take a full and active part in society. In 2017, they're focusing on sport and leisure activities, to increase access and choice, to raise awareness, acceptance and increase participation  

Guernsey Group of Riding for the Disabled 

£150

To provide Easter eggs for all 37 riders and provide refreshments for parents for 3 gymkahanas 

Guernsey Hard of Hearing

£1,100

To help fund hard of hearing individuals in financial need to buy hearing aids (about £10,000 each year). They also pay broadband costs for several of their Deaf members so that they can communicate effectively with friends, family and some volunteers through using BSL and lip-reading on Skype and Facetime; a vital communication link  

Guernsey Island Amateur Athletics Club 

£500

To give the opportunity for children from all walks of life to be active in the school holidays, while learning how to eat healthy and introducing them to the multiple sports on offer 

Le Voies School

£500

Food vouchers to provide children with healthy school breakfast and lunches  

Men's Sheds

£1,000

To establish a network of spaces in Guernsey and the islands, to enable men to come together. A space where men can meet and share tools, equipment and knowledge to innovate, create, make, share and learn.  

OAP & RTUM Association

£500

To take OAP members out for afternoon tea and an island bus tour in the summer  

Rock The Frock (not for profit group)

£500

A St Patrick's Day Ball in March 2018 to raise money for MUG and Bright Tights, two local Guernsey cancer charities. The ball will be hosted at the Duke of Richmond hotel, with a band, DJ, welcome drinks, meal, dancing and a raffle.  

U3A 

£480

Funding for printing a quarterly newsletter