Association of Guernsey Charities publishes draft Strategy for the Charitable & Voluntary sector

 

The Council of the Association of Guernsey Charities has published a draft Strategy for the Charitable & Voluntary Sector, for comment from AGC members.

 

The Strategy considers just how important the Charitable and Voluntary Sector is for our community, the issues faced by the sector generally, some common issues faced by many charities, and then outlines both Strategic Objectives, and prioritises actions needed to achieve these objectives under five headings:

 

-           Leadership

-           Governance and Transparency

-           Charitable Giving

-           Volunteering

-           Commissioning Services for Government

 

Malcolm Woodhams, AGC Chairman said “We’ve listened to feedback from a significant number of our members who have concerns that the States of Guernsey has no strategy or policy towards the charitable and voluntary sector.  We believe this is essential for our community as a whole.

 

Without an appropriate policy, working towards agreed Strategic Objectives, our Charity and Voluntary Sector will inevitably become much less effective, particularly given the inexorable population demographic change we will face over the next few decades, with more demand for help, and fewer resources available.

 

The research behind this strategy, and the engagement with Guernsey member charities will guide us in our discussions with the States going forward. It is an opportunity for our members to have a say in the future of the sector.”

 

Peter Rose, AGC Vice Chairman added “The Social Compact was signed by the States of Guernsey in 2014 with a primary commitment “To Foster and Encourage Development of the Third Sector”.  However, many of our members report that they have not seen any positive results.  We hope that the States will grasp this opportunity and properly engage with charities and voluntary organisations in Guernsey so as to guide ongoing discussions about initiatives such as the Social Investment Commission.

 

The AGC is asking for feedback from its members by the end of December 2018, following which members' responses will discussed by AGC Council and the strategy formally adopted in early 2019.

 

Members should send their responses to their Sector Representatives, or to mail@charity.org.gg


The Draft Strategy document can be found here Third Sector Strategy



November 2018