Guernsey Welfare Service
AGC Membership No. 20
Guernsey Registered Charity number CH108 *
*The Guernsey Registry is responsible for administration of the registers of charities and non-profit organisations. The number indicated above was originally issued to the charity, but this is not an indication that registration is up to date. Please see www.guernseyregistry.com/charities for a current list of registered organisations
Description Aims and Objectives
The Guernsey Welfare Service has been in existence since 1896 and since that time has provided very welcome assistance to many generations of Guernsey people. The primary aims of the Guernsey Welfare Service are:
- Welfare Office - To provide help to those struggling financially generally, but in particular to families with dependent children. Help is given in the form of food bank items and vouchers for essential items, eg food, heating, children's items (but not cash).
- Parent Empowerment Programme - this programme is for parents with young children and consists of a group which meets weekly on a Thursday morning and six weekly meetings with life coaches, allowing families to travel on a journey of change.
- Guernsey Linking Lives - a befriending service for isolated older adults, helping to combat social isolation in Guernsey.
- Nightstop - working in partnership with Action for Children this provides emergency overnight accommodation for up to 3 nights for young people aged 16 to 25 with volunteer host families.
The Guernsey Welfare Service is not an agency of the States of Guernsey, although the States does provide an annual grant to cover specific expenditures.
Organisation and Management
The G.W.S is constituted as a limited company with wholly charitable aims. Tune shares in the company are held by the Chairman and the Company Secretary in trusts for the Guernsey Council of Churches, with which the G.W.S. has a long and close association. The Committee is made up from representatives from these Island churches.
The salary of the welfare workers is met by means of a grant from the Guernsey Social Security Authority. All other expenses have to be met from private donations, charitable gifts and fund raising activities.
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