Jersey Charity Awards September 2021 - You too can watch the awards ceremony, live-streamed, 2pm on Sunday 12th September!

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Judging completed ahead of Jersey Charity Awards virtual ceremony

After an ‘overwhelmingly positive’ response to this year’s Jersey Charity Awards, judging has now been completed and shortlists have been agreed ahead of a virtual ceremony, due to be streamed next month.

Organised by the Association of Jersey Charities (AJC) in its milestone 50th anniversary year, the Awards are designed to recognise outstanding achievement, professionalism and excellence amongst organisations and individuals in Jersey’s charity sector.

The panel of judges - Paul Routier MBE, Charles Humpleby, Liz Le Poidevin and Jane Galloway - has selected the top three charities in each of the three categories, for Outstanding Achievement for a Large, Medium and Small Charity, with a £5,000 prize for the winner of each category as well as prizes for two runners up.

In deciding the winners, judges considered examples of excellence, best practice and leadership, focusing particularly on how charities have adapted to and delivered innovative solutions in response the challenging circumstances over the past year.

Eyes are now firmly fixed on the virtual afternoon tea-themed ceremony to be streamed at 2pm on Sunday 12th September, which will be hosted by BBC Radio Jersey presenter Ashlea Tracey and feature a range of musical entertainment. Anyone will be able to tune into the ceremony through the AJC’s YouTube channel.

First established ten years ago and held every two years, the 2021 Awards are supported by the Ana Leaf Foundation and Jersey Finance, who have partnered with the AJC this year as part of its own celebrations to mark the 60th anniversary of the island’s finance industry.

Chairman of the Association of Jersey Charities, Kevin Keen, said: “The Jersey Charity Awards this year carry particular poignancy – not only are they taking place in a milestone anniversary year for us as an organisation, but they also follow an immensely challenging period for us as a community. As such, it’s perhaps not surprising that the response we’ve had to these Awards has been overwhelmingly positive. We’ve seen some incredible entries from charities large and small that have delivered innovative, impactful support in so many ways across the Island over the past year.

“Our live-streamed ceremony on 12th September should prove to be a real celebration of the value our charities – and those who support them – add to our island.”

Joe Moynihan, CEO of Jersey Finance, added: “More than ever we need to recognise just how important the charity sector is to our Island, and we’ve been delighted to support the AJC in its work over the course of this year as part of our own anniversary celebrations. Our slogan for the year is ‘together we shine’ and I’ve no doubt that the importance of working together and collaboration will come across strongly at the Awards ceremony.”

The AJC’s Jersey Charity Awards virtual ceremony will be streamed on 12th September at 2pm here: https://bit.ly/CharityAwards21

About the Jersey Charity Awards
The Jersey Charity Awards highlight professionalism and excellence within the local charitable sector, recognising and celebrating charities’ recent achievements and best practice, thus raising the profile of charity and voluntary activity in Jersey.

This year, we’re hoping charities will pay particular attention to issues that have and are still affecting all of us, by demonstrating their response to managing and overcoming adversity, such as the Covid-19 pandemic, tackling climate change, championing health and wellbeing, and collaborating with other charities on these issues.

Who are the awards open to?
Any registered charity based in Jersey may enter the awards, whether they operate within Jersey or overseas.

The awards will be decided by an independent panel of judges, who will be looking for examples
of excellence, together with ideas and leadership that will inspire and from which others can learn.

The Awards were established ten years ago and carry particular significance in this 50th anniversary year of the AJC. The awards are to honour professionals and volunteers who manage charities, to recognise and promote best practice and to encourage continuing professional development.

Some examples of achievements could be:
• Innovative website development, or a rebrand that’s significantly improved your marketing reach and uptake of services
• Undertaking a change management process, or a restructuring of services that’s allowed you to further develop and expand
• Development of your volunteering infrastructure programme
• Implementing a budgeting system or process, devising an annual operational budget or cost savings
through the use of volunteers or ‘gifts in kind’
• Outstanding leadership demonstrated by a volunteer, or staff member, possibly even during a period of adversity or unprecedented change
• Development of your social media that has allowed you to reach a new target audience,
increase donations and/or a different audience
• Production of your first or most outstanding annual report
• Undertaking an innovative campaign to raise awareness about an issue or boost fundraising efforts
• Putting a structure in place for upskilling a team

There are three award categories:
• Outstanding Achievement, Large Charity 2021
• Outstanding Achievement, Medium Charity 2021
• Outstanding Achievement, Small Charity 2021
Applications will be categorised according to their relative size and taking account of total income, the number of employees and volunteers and total hours worked.

• The winner of each category will receive £5,000 for their charity. Additionally, in each category the second place winner will receive £1,000 and the third place winner will receive £500.

The Awards’ ceremony
With everything a little different at the moment, we have decided to change the format for the 2021 awards, to make sure everyone stays safe. Every charity that enters an award category will be invited to attend the virtual awards ceremony on Sunday 12 September 2021 starting at 2pm. Ahead of this, each charity will receive a delivered surprise to partake of while watching the ceremony. Nominees and winners will be announced on the day, and an online address will be provided. This year, we will also be marking the AJC’s special 50th anniversary.

Your application
Applications must be submitted by an official representative of the charity. Submissions are limited to one per charity.

Please post your entry to:
The Judging Committee
Association of Jersey Charities
PO Box 356
St Helier

Or download and complete the application form and email it to lyn@jerseycharities.org

Closing date
The closing date for submissions is Monday 31 May 2021.

One of the benefits of the Charity Awards is the potential for organisations to learn
from each other’s experiences. The organisers therefore reserve the right to
use information relating to shortlisted entries for publicity and educational purposes.
The judges reserve the right to reallocate any entry to a different category.
The organisers reserve the right to change the venue and date for the awards’
ceremony entirely at their discretion. The judges’ decisions are final.

The event this year is once again sponsored by Ana Leaf Foundation, and the prize money is kindly sponsored by 60 years of the Finance Industry in Jersey, courtesy of Jersey Finance.