30,000 granted to refurbish premises for islanders undergoing drug and/or alcohol addiction therapy and rehabilitation

The Jersey Council on Alcoholism applied to the Association of Jersey Charities (AJC) for additional funds for their 12 month project in order to refurbish and decorate their communal building and independent living units in St Helier.

The approved grant means improvements will now be made to their communal bathrooms and toilets as well as to the bathrooms, kitchens and toilets used by live-in residents.

Other funds have been given to island charities to fund salaries, educational and training costs and resources. In total, 137,036.82 was awarded to seven AJC members as follows:
• Jersey Council on Alcoholism, 30,000 towards the refurbishment of West Park properties
• Le Congres, 30,000 for a Jerriais teacher salary
• Music in Action, 24,900 for a development manager salary and an educational
• Lymphoedema Jersey, 24,000 for a therapist salary for two years
• Jersey Marine Conservation, 15,368.82 to purchase a R.I.B
• Jersey Heritage Trust, 9,948 to produce a Peace Trail guide and videos
• Jersey Child Care Trust, 2,820 for training costs

The committee also approved grants, on a conditional basis, totalling 149,000.

Each year, the Association receives the Jersey share of the Channel Islands lottery profits from the Economic Development Ministry to distribute to its members specifically for the benefit of the people and island of Jersey.

The Association of Jersey Charities represents a wide and diverse section of island life, Its 313 member charities range from large organisations providing essential services to the community, local branches of national charities and smaller local charities, organisations, clubs and societies championing the needs and concerns of particular groups within Jersey.

Charity members applying for grants have to demonstrate sufficient need and show that the grant is both for the benefit of Jersey residents, and for a charitable purpose, for example the advancement of education or the advancement of religion or the relief of or research into ill health or any other purpose of benefit to the community.
Association officers meet quarterly to approve grant applications as well as membership requests from new charities.

Member applications and grants will next be reviewed by officers in December and applications ahead of this should be received by 7th November 2017.
For more information please visit www.jerseycharities.org or contact Lyn Wilton on 840138 or lyn@jerseycharities.org.

Turn spare time into life saving research with the British Heart Foundation Jersey Branch

Following their recent national award success of Best British Heart Foundation Branch of 2017, the BHF Jersey Branch are hoping to build and expand by seeking new fund raising volunteers to help join the local fight against heart disease.

The British Heart Foundation (BHF) is appealing to the local community to give the gift of time and sign up to its volunteering programme to help in the fight for every heartbeat.

Local volunteers are needed to support the branch in raising awareness and vital funds within the local community. Whilst there are key areas which the branch wish to focus on over the coming months, they are urging anyone interested in joining the team to get in touch and not to feel limited to specific areas of expertise.

The BHF relies on volunteers to help support many aspects of its work from working with local schools, groups and associations to providing support at our charity events.

Giving time doesn’t just benefit the BHF but also gives volunteers the opportunity to build, develop and learn new skills, work towards qualifications and gain experience whilst knowing they are doing something amazing in the fight against heart disease.

Around 7 million people are affected by cardiovascular disease in the Channel Islands and across the UK and the time given by volunteers goes towards supporting the BHF’s vital research into preventing and treating these devastating diseases.

Haydn Taylor, Chairman of the British Heart Foundation, Jersey Branch said: Volunteers are absolutely integral to the success of BHF and play a vital part in helping us support more people affected by heart and circulatory conditions. We appreciate every minute people can spare and hope that in return our volunteers gain a lot from working with us.

For more information on volunteering opportunities in Jersey, please contact Summer Parkin Lister on parkins@bhf.org.uk or visit www.bhfjersey.com

Volunteers Needed for the League of Friends Hospital Shop and Cafe Coffee Morning

An open coffee morning is to be held in the Cafe (Parade Entrance) on Saturday 14th October between 10.00am and 12.00pm.

If you are retired or have a few hours to spare during the week and would like to help us raise the next £1,000,000 please come down and have a chat with us. All are welcome.

Since 1978 some of our volunteers have helped us raise over £1,000,000 enabling us to purchase specialist equipment for the hospital.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer come and join us on our coffee morning on Saturday 14th October

Please contact Carole Penfold on 07797 735499 or email penfold.caroleann44@gmail.com or Anne Utting on 07797 743672 or email anne@utting.org