Offering Advice and Guidance to members
The Committee offers advice and guidance to members and prospective members on all aspects of charitable and community work on the island through the services of its administrator, Lyn Wilton. Lyn can help with all of your queries and when not in the office, the answerphone will always record messages. firstname.lastname@example.org, +44 (0)1534 840138.
The Association receives donations from various sources, which is available to any registered charity (including EFCs) in the form of grants. Charities may apply for grants to a maximum of £30,000 each year, which are approved by the Committee. The Association does not award grants for overseas projects. To qualify for a grant, the grant must benefit Jersey residents directly or indirectly and applicants must have displayed sufficient need for such a grant. You can find out how to apply here.
The AGM is held within six months of the year end (31 March) to which all members are invited. Other meetings may be called from time to time by either the Committee or a minimum of 10 members.
We provide training on issues of goverance, provided by charity experts, on statutory issues like Employment Law, Goods & Services Act, Gambling Law and other laws effecting local charities. We have a programme of regular training on Safeguarding Children, Safeguarding Adults, Safe Recruitment and Dealing with the Media. These are advertised on the website here
Free advertising in the JEP
The Association pays for a quarter page advert in the JEP every Thursday for the purpose of advertising fundraising events for members who may not otherwise be able to afford to do so. Advertisements must be submitted to the JEP by 12 noon on a Tuesday in order to be published on the Thursday of the same week. Staff at the JEP will help members with any design or artwork required. Any member wishing to take advantage of this service, please contact the JEP direct on 611711 or email@example.com. Please also remember to copy your email to the Administrator to ensure inclusion in the website Events Diary.
The Association has its own very comprehensive website, www.jerseycharities.org which is constantly updated and improved. In addition each member has its own page on the website with online donation facilities.
Email news service
A news service is offered through the email system involving up to date information affecting charities and special offers available to members. These offers are in the form of free furniture and equipment, volunteer help, available premises and other wants and needs. In order to cut down on postage and stationery costs, we try to persuade as many members as possible to subscribe to the news email service. Please contact the Administrator to be added to the news email list.
Discounts to members
Many businesses in Jersey will offer discounts to charities, you just need to ask!
Some discounts on offer
(b) Charity Digital Exchange will give free or discounted computer software to charities
(b) Jersey Post offer 5% discount on postage stamps to AJC members – check http://www.jerseypost.com/.
(c) The Guernsey Post Company will sell Jersey stamps (not self-adhesive and 2 stamps per postage amount) at 20% discount. Call Peter Wilson on 01481 721314
(d) Discounted online Quickbooks if you contact sales on 0808 168 9533 you can negotiate a discount for up to one year. Please note, they cannot transfer data from a discounted trial account to a permanent account.
Our Annual Report is published in March and distributed at the AGM in July and islandwide, together with our brochure, to help raise awareness of the Association and its members. If you would like a copy of past Annual Report, please contact the Administrator.
The Annual Return was first produced and distributed to members in 2004 and these are sent to members at the end of each year. It is a means by which the Committee can keep up to date with the changes of personnel who run the member charities. It also allows members to feedback to the Committee their views on how to improve our services and their training requirements. It is thus a very important tool in maintaining good communications with members. Annual Returns will be posted surface mail to members early March annually, to be completed and returned by end of March.
National Volunteer Week
Volunteer Week is a national event held annually from 1 to 7 June, which is celebrated in all English speaking countries around the world.