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.”
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.”
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.
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.
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!”
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
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.