The Community Awards

The Community Awards celebrate the local charities, organisations, groups, individuals and businesses who work tirelessly to raise money and embark on community projects for the benefit of others, across the Bailiwick and further afield.

Charity of the Year

Charity of the Year

Sponsored by Ravenscroft

Winner

Bright Beginnings

The Bright Beginnings Children’s Centre has a clear aim: to help every parent and carer give their child the best possible start in life.

Founded in 2016, the Centre offers both free and paid-for services as part of the local charity Every Child Our Future. The only third sector children’s centre on the Island, it focuses much of its efforts on supporting new parents, especially those suffering with postnatal health problems.

The Centre also delivers the 1001 Critical Days agenda, an essential part of the Children and Young Person’s Plan for Guernsey and Alderney which emphasises the importance of a child’s relationship with its caregivers.

Each week, up to a hundred families attend the Centre for a variety of formal and informal groups and one-to-one sessions such as ‘Stay and Play’, ‘Theraplay’ and ‘Mellow Bumps’.

As their nominator put it, “the support they offer is endless, with someone always willing to give their time to help you.”

Shortlisted

Choices

Choices offers free, evidence-based advice and treatment on contraception and sexual health for those aged under 21, and affordable contraceptive options for people above that age.

Working in partnership with statutory and non-statutory organisations, they are proud to deliver care in a non-judgemental manner, irrespective of gender or sexual preference. Their vision is a Bailiwick in which everyone is empowered to make positive and informed choices about their reproductive and sexual health.

Over the two lockdowns, Choices developed a new model of service delivery to ensure a seamless continuity of service. Staff were creative in engaging with teenagers by text and email, which offered a degree of privacy and confidentiality. A home delivery service was offered to those in self isolation, and contraceptive supplies were even hand delivered to Sark and Herm.

Their nominator said, “the small team of staff are friendly and experienced and offer a holistic service in which the individual’s needs are assessed and met.”

Les Cotils

Les Cotils is a charity that operates commercially as a 4-star guest house and conference centre, with all profits invested back into the community.
Over the last twelve months, Les Cotils has provided for the community through its Food for Families and Fruit for Schools programmes. It offers employment opportunities and ongoing support to ex-offenders and assists low-income families directly and via school outreach.

Les Cotils works with other charities such as the Health Improvement Commission, Bright Beginnings, St John and Guernsey Mind, and its strategic plan was recently revised to place an even greater emphasis on charity work. Future plans include a Listening Lounge, Cooking with Families and the completion of a Peace Garden.

On being told of Les Cotils being shortlisted, manager Fiona Naftel said, “We try to create a culture of kindness by leading by example. Our loyal and committed staff are aware of our charitable status and what that means to our day-to-day operations.”

Outstanding Individual Achievement Award

Outstanding Individual Achievement Award

Sponsored by PwC

Winner

Gerry Le Roy

25 years ago, Gerry Le Roy founded the Guernsey Cardiac Action Group. It’s aim: to provide rehabilitation for Guernsey cardiac patients recovering from a heart attack or surgery. In 2012, the CAG launched a project to introduce Public Access Defibrillator (PAD) sites across the Island. By 2017, 37 had been installed across the Island.
 
Gerry has been instrumental in the funding and training of local cardio physiologists, resulting in patients being able to stay on-island for their care.
 
As well as co-ordinating the annual Healthy Hearts Day from 2004 to 2017, Gerry raised funds to pay for a Community Resuscitation Development Officer who has now delivered free CPR and defibrillator training to over 4,500 people.
 
As Gerry’s nominator said, “it’s thanks to Gerry’s vision, passion and determination that the Cardiac Action Group has a growing network of PAD sites across the island. Of equal importance though is the significant progress that has been made through Gerry’s promotion of the CAG in awareness training, and the confidence that gives to our wider community when dealing with sudden cardiac arrest.”

Shortlisted

Mike Read

Mike is president of Cystic Fibrosis Guernsey and a health representative with the Guernsey Disability Alliance. He founded HEAL – Health Equality for All – which co-ordinates local charities, groups and individuals affected by the lack of medicines which, were they available on the Island, could change peoples’ lives.
Mike’s activism is said to have contributed to the States’ decision to phase in wider access to certain NHS-approved drugs and treatments.
 
Says one nominator, “Without Mike’s drive and passion for health equality, thousands of islanders would not have the same access to lifesaving and life changing drugs as people in Jersey and the UK. Mike pulled together a diverse number of people and groups to present compelling evidence on local health inequality.”

According to a second nominator, “Mike is a tireless campaigner who has brought to the attention of islanders and States Deputies the disparity between availability of NICE-approved drugs to people in Guernsey compared to the UK. He is the very definition of a community champion.”

Fiona Naftel

Since taking over as Managing Director of Les Cotils, Fiona has worked hard to put the Centre at the heart of the community. Under her leadership and initiative, Les Cotils has become even more active in the charitable sector, offering employment opportunities to ex-offenders, giving office space to charities, and providing free food for families during and after lockdown. She also facilitated the installation of a garden where those in need of respite and reflection could enjoy some quiet time.

In addition to her role at Les Cotils, Fiona is also Chair of Safer and Vice Chair of Mind.

In the words her nominator, “It is Fiona’s community-focus, drive and energy that has resulted in ex-offenders finding work, families being fed, abused adults and children finding a safe place, and those with mental health needs being able to access a full suite of services.

“Fiona has a real passion to help others and a seemingly unending amount of energy to devote to making life better for those in need.”

Corporate Social Responsibility Award

Corporate Social Responsibility Award

Sponsored by Cazenove Capital

Winner

Sure Guernsey

The Sure Community Foundation was set up in 2012 as a formal way for the company to support registered charities. Since then, it has donated more than £250,000 to over 60 local charities.

As part of its commitment to be a positive force within the community, Sure runs and sponsors a wide range of community engagement programmes across the Bailiwick, including the Sure Customer Service Awards, the Sure Women in Telecoms and Technology Bursary, International Women in Engineering Day, Young Enterprise, and the Sure Santa Line.

Every year, the Foundation’s committee members and Sure employees donate over 500 hours of their time as part of a far-reaching CSR programme that covers fundraising, raising awareness of worthy causes, staff wellbeing, and community projects.

Shortlisted

Investec

Investec’s approach to CSR is rooted in the environmental, the entrepreneurial and the educational. Over the years, they have concentrated on education in particular, forming particularly strong links with Amherst and La Mare de Cartaret. Outside of schools, they have helped the GSPCA and Mind, giving over a hundred volunteering hours to both organisations in recent months.

Believing in sustained and targeted support, they tend to partner with organisations for three-year periods.
Through their Community Donations Programme they award a range of grants each year, which complements their main CSR activities.

They undertake regular reviews to ensure that staff remain happy with, and continue to benefit from, the volunteering opportunities on offer.

As their nominator puts it, “Investec’s philosophy is to live in and not off the community.”

Fultura

Fultura has been running its own Community Awards Scheme since 2004. Every year, local charities, community organisations and non-profits tell Fultura about tech-related projects they would like to undertake, and Fultura provide the technology and support required to help chosen charities achieve their ambitions.

In 2021 Fultura chose to help the Lihou Charitable Trust, facilitating an IT infrastructure that enabled the Trust to continue and enhance its important conservation work, along with its education work on renewable energy.

Fultura’s support has enabled Lihou to be become an educational ‘case study’ for the benefit
of all the schoolchildren who visit the island.

On being told of their being shortlisted, Fultura said, “This has been a wonderful project for the staff to be involved in, igniting the passion we have for delivering technology and aiding positive change. Staff have volunteered their time for design, configuration and installation, and continue to give support, even out of normal working hours.”

Fundraising Team of the Year Award

Fundraising Team of the Year Award

Sponsored by CBO Projects

Winner

Ray and Scott

To celebrate sixty years of trading, Ray & Scott launched the Diamond Dream campaign with the aim of raising £60,000 for six local charities: Autism Guernsey, the Dyslexia Day Centre, the Guernsey Sailing Trust, the Priaulx Premature Baby Foundation, Bright Beginnings and Wooden Spoon.

Under the Diamond Dream campaign, anyone buying diamond jewellery was offered a 20% discount and then invited to donate some or all of the discount to charity.

The company also organised several fundraising events, including a Diamond Dream Charity Grand Prix and an upcoming charity ball.

Thanks to the generosity of their customers and those who supported the Grand Prix event, Ray ?ott managed to exceed their £60,000 target and are now on course to raise £100,000. As a result, two more charities – the Guernsey Alzheimers Association and Grow Ltd – are in line to receive a donation.

Shortlisted

Autism Guernsey and the Guernsey Adult Literacy Project

A small team from Autism Guernsey and the Guernsey Adult Literacy Project, or GALP, organised a Guernsey Goat Trail to raise funds for both charities.

Local businesses sponsored 52 fiberglass goats which were hand-painted by schools, clubs and community groups, and then arranged in a Goat Trail that stretched across the Island.

To encourage the public to explore the Trail, Redric Design, Two Degrees North and TP Agency, all working for free, designed a website, a map and an app respectively.

Anyone who walked the Goat Trail could enter into a prize draw by answering a quiz or by taking a selfie with each goat.

In September, after months on display, the goats were auctioned off at a special event at St Pierre Park. The £65,000 raised exceeded expectations and will be used to help Autism Guernsey continue to support children and adults with autism, and to help GALP provide adults with opportunities to develop their literacy skills.

Ian Brown’s Cycle Shop

As part of the 30/30 challenge, invented and organised by the team at Ian Brown’s, cyclists of all ages and abilities – from novices to elite riders – are invited to cycle for an hour a day and raise £30 a day for thirty days.

The annual event, which began in 2008, has so far raised £891,000 for the Friends of Les Bourgs Hospice. The team at Ian Brown’s fix bikes, repair punctures, and organise food and drink for the riders at the beginning and end of the 30 days.

The 2020 challenge was moved from May to September to avoid lockdown, and then returned in May this year. Together, the two events raised £140,000 for Les Bourgs.

Said their nominator, “Les Bourgs relies entirely on donations to raise the £1.6m it needs every year to keep going, and the 30/30 challenge is the largest event in its fundraising calendar. The event would not happen without the dedication and support of Ian Brown’s.”

Organising Committee of the Year Award

Organising Committee of the Year Award

Sponsored by Julius Baer

Winner

The Guernsey Sports Commission

Every year, thanks to the Youth Games, hundreds of local schoolchildren are given an opportunity to try out new sports as part of a series of events across the Island. The Games are organised by the Guernsey Sports Commission and sponsored by Specsavers.

In 2021, 700 schoolchildren took part in 20 different sports, culminating in a Closing Ceremony at Footes Lane.

Their nominee said, “Sports Commission staff in schools made a real effort to ensure that the Games were as inclusive as possible, providing additional support for children where necessary and making sure every participant had a positive experience. On Games Day itself, all 20 sports held their own successful competitions. The children were then transported to the Closing Ceremony. Keeping 700 children safe and entertained before the parade started was no mean feat!”

Shortlisted

Women in Public Life

Women In Public Life is a group of volunteers who inspire women in Guernsey to stand for public office. Their committee used International Women’s Day on March 8 2021 to raise awareness of opportunities to hold public office among women of different nationalities living in Guernsey.

The committee commissioned an online interactive map of Guernsey and invited members of the community, representing different nationalities, to nominate an iconic woman from their home country. More than 100 Guernsey residents did so. On the map, each nominee was represented by their country’s flag. Soon the map was completely filled with 51 flags, well above the set target.

In July, the map was recreated ‘live’ on the lawns of Government House. Said their nominator, “Having so many islanders from different nations all in one place, talking and laughing together, was truly magical.”

Guernsey Street Festival

The Guernsey Street Festival is a not-for-profit organisation committed to promoting community spirit; encouraging and showcasing local talent; local shopping; and celebrating visiting artists and street entertainers.

In 2021, the Festival ran for just over two weeks in the streets of St Peter Port, celebrating all forms of street performance – including music, art, theatre, dance, food and crafts. Local businesses got involved by creating limited edition dishes, offering discounts, donating prizes, and holding in-store activities such as treasure hunts and sand play days.

The Festival raised over £46,000 thanks to public donations and corporate sponsorships. This money covers the costs of the event, including payment for the artists, with the balance put toward 2022’s programme of activities.

Said one nominator, “The musical talent in Guernsey is incredible, and it was lovely to see the streets of St Peter Port come alive with music from a mix of talented locals from all ages.”

Innovation Award

Innovation Award

Sponsored by Resolution IT

Winner

Guernsey Mobility Let’s Go

Guernsey Mobility Lets Go brings people with a wide range of mobility issues together to socialise and play sport. They believe that everyone should have the opportunity to participate and fulfil their potential, no matter their background, age or ability.

Under lead coaches Paul Wheatley and Sue Duport, Guernsey Mobility Let’s Go! has devised a number of ways to make sport more accessible to its members, such as using balls with bells to help players with visual impairments.

The not for profit organisation works with pupils from St Martin’s Primary school, who supervise and participate in the sporting activities they helped to create. The partnership between Guernsey Mobility Let’s Go! and St Martin’s School recently culminated in a special Mini Olympics event.

Guernsey Mobility’s nominator said, “Working with St Martin’s gives pupils an opportunity to meet people with impairments in a fun, social setting. The key to inclusion is participation: thanks to Guernsey Mobility Let’s Go! people with disabilities are given the chance to take part in other areas of island life. And by partaking in sporting activities, members’ physical fitness and mental wellbeing also improves

Shortlisted

Health Improvement Commission

The Health Improvement Commission aims to empower, enable and encourage healthy living in Guernsey and Alderney. It has several core areas of focus, including Eating Well, Being Active, support for a Healthier Weight and reducing harmful substance use. It recently launched the Bailiwick Social Prescribing Scheme.

The Commission’s work with the States Early Years Team and early years settings is regarded as particularly innovative. The partnership aims to create healthy everyday environments where children can build healthy relationships with food, easily access good nutrition and have plenty of opportunities to be physically active.

As part of this work, the Commission provided vegetable tasting experiences for more than 750 early years children, donated over 70 balance bikes to pre-schools as part of the Ready Set Ride project to help children gain cycling skills and designed and delivered new Eat Well and Be Active training and support programmes for early years professionals.

The Commission’s innovative partnership work enables healthy nutrition and promotes physical activity.

The Accidental Zoo

The Accidental Zoo aims to bring learning alive for children. To that end, the charity has developed a series of workshops for the Bailiwick’s school children, with learning outcomes linked to the local curriculum and topics specially designed to appeal to specific year groups.

Between March and July 2021, the Accidental Zoo delivered over 2,300 hours of directed learning to children from Herm School, St Anne’s in Alderney, and 14 of Guernsey’s primary schools.

In May 2021, the charity launched the Thrive Outside initiative. Over 1,000 pupils from Years 4, 5 and 6 visited the Accidental Zoo over the course of two weeks, benefiting from over 2,000 hours of learning outside the classroom.

Says the Zoo’s nominator, “the team at The Accidental Zoo are amazingly knowledgeable and patient, which makes the learning experience a positive one for all the children. They were engaged at all times and were able to recall facts when back in class. It was great to get out of the classroom and learn about the amazing animals.”

Youth Award

Youth Award

Sponsored by Royal Bank of Canada

Winner

The Summer Project

Over the summer holiday, nine young adults with additional needs, eight of whom are students at the College of Further Education and one of whom is at catering college in the UK, gave up part of their holiday to volunteer in the community.

They washed cars, cleaned beaches, created a children’s trail through woodland at Les Cotils, and worked in the St Peter’s community garden, making a path safer for older people. Their fundraising activities benefited the Kibera Farm Project, and money was also sent to provide shoes for children in Africa.

Wigwam, a local support group for families with children and young adults who have additional needs, were on hand to make the adjustments necessary for the group to carry out their work, while the Clean Earth Trust supported the students with information about environmental issues.

The students’ enthusiasm, positive attitude, and willingness to work as a team demonstrated that, with a reasonable adjustment for disability, everybody can volunteer and make a difference. Rather than spend their free time on their own leisure activities, they chose to contribute to the wellbeing of people in Guernsey and children living in poverty in Africa.

Shortlisted

Kaelan Le Page

Joining Liberate gave Kaelan Le Page the courage to come out as LGBTQ. They have since become involved in all aspects of Liberate’s work, serving on the Rainbow Chorus committee, helping to run the choir each week, delivering training, and making sure the charity’s members stay engaged.

Furthermore, as a trained volunteer with the Youth Commission, Kaelan mentors other young people.

Earlier this year, as part of their work for Liberate, Kaelan began delivering school assemblies, talking about what it’s like being a young LGBTQ person in Guernsey and inspiring people to be themselves.

As Liberate’s Ellie Jones explains, “this is especially impressive given that Kaelan was not ‘out’ when they were at school. Now, they want to be the visible role model that they never had.”

Kaelan helped organise events at Channel Islands Pride which between them attracted nearly 10,000 attendees. As such, they have made a significant positive impact on the lives of LGBTQ young people and their mental health and wellbeing.

As Ellie says, “With Kaelan, nothing is ever too much to ask. They will always try and find time to help. A godsend.”

Jonathan Charmley

Jonathan is a passionate advocate of the benefits of fundraising and volunteering.

Jonathan has progressed from being an Air Scouts Young Leader to an Air Scouts Leader, he assists in community events such as Wings Day and the Liberation and Remembrance services. In addition to having been a Governors Cadet, he donates many hours of his time to the States Archaeology Department, the church, and Scouting generally. He was a school mentor and is actively involved in fundraising for various charities.

Jonathan is described by his nominator as, “a friendly and considerate character who always puts 110% into his endeavours. He is a great all-rounder who has given phenomenal service to the community. He can adapt to any situation and will always conduct himself with a cheerful and polite demeanour. His insightful knowledge and sheer drive leave everyone he meets with a long-lasting positive outlook, and his dedication to the community around him is infectious.”

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