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:
- To provide help to the poor and needy generally, but in particular to mothers and children. Help is given in the form of food, heating and clothing vouchers (but not cash)
- The operation of a pre-school for disadvantaged children duly recommended by States Health Visitors or Social Workers, five mornings a week in term time at La Mare de Carteret School at a nominal cost of £2 a session
- The operation of Guernsey Linking Lives, a befriending service for isolated older adults, helping to combat social isolation in Guernsey.
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 are 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.