06 February 2017
Bright Beginnings - NOW OPEN!
Every Child Our Future LBG
ECOF has funded and opened a brand new Nursery and Pre-School which is based in the Islands first Children's Centre.
We are based in the former St Sampsons Infants School in Rue des Monts, Delancey.
Please visit Bright Beginnings Facebook page to view our services and prices. We will be opening a cafe providing daily healthy snacks, hot and cold drinks all served with a warm welcome. There will be group activities, drop in clinics, midwife clinics, baby massage and much more. Please check back in a month or two for more information or telephone 01481 244919 to view the Nursery and Pre-School
08 February 2017
New AGC Council members needed
The Association of Guernsey Charities
Kate Raleigh and Richard Lowe will be standing down at the next AGM so the AGC is looking for two more members of Council to take their place. Please contact Peter Rose at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details
14 February 2017
Happy Valentines & today help us celebrate our 144th anniversary by donating or supporting
Guernsey Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (GSPCA)
From all the GSPCA we wish a Happy Valentines to one and all and did you know we share this day of love as the GSPCA celebrates 144 years helping animals in Guernsey and we need your help.
The GSPCA was founded on the 14th February 1873 and we are asking for your support to help the 24/7 work we carry out here at the GSPCA.
Not only do we care for around 350 animals a day at the Shelter we have many essential projects we need to achieve and many animals to care for.
With so many animals in our care at any time and a Shelter where we have been based since 1929, each day raising the much needed funds to care for the animals and maintaining the buildings and grounds is a daily challenge.
All this week we are running GSPCA Purple Week and today on the 14th February we celebrate our 144 years since being founded. With over 3000 animals through our doors every year the GSPCA is kept busy 24/7 365 days a year helping the animals and community of Guernsey, not to mention many more that we help daily in the ambulance and investigating cruelty, the education talks to courses we run and much more.
We launched GSPCA Purple Week with a wish list of some of the major projects we would love to achieve in the coming years. With a running cost of over £1600+ a day to care for the hundreds of animals at the Shelter we are always looking for support to achieve their care, the rescue of those we help 24/7 and to maintain and care for the Shelter in St Andrews. We have a 10 year redevelopment plan at the GSPCA to ensure we care for the buildings and look to the future for the generations of animals and the community to come.
The BIGGEST ever achievement of the Shelter has been our new multi-purpose animal welfare building which has been a huge success and an amazing resource for the animals and population of Guernsey. With 14 other buildings on site, 42 kennels, isolation facilities, wildlife units, ponds, aviaries and much more we have a wonderful Animal Shelter that requires looking after and caring for.
To look to the future the next focus are the following projects which help ensure we care for these fantastic facilities where animal lives are saved and cared for 24/7 -
New kennel floors and repairs to the 7 kennel buildings/sections - £31,000 (approximately £5000 to £7000 per section)
Renewing two buildings roofs totaling £30,000
Treating the outer section of the first floor to our kennel and training building and repairs - £10,000
New floors, hot water unit and repairs to our wildlife unit - £8000
New laundry facilities and re-siting one current industrial machine - £9,000
New crusher/compactor facility and waste management - £5000
Fitting out, electrics, services and putting a floor in our charity shop and improve disabled access including the toilet facilities - £4500
Repairs and refurbishing our wildlife/hospital area - £3000
Flooring and fitting out our bird room - £2000
Additional Intensive Care Units & Improvements to the Hedgehog Pens - £5800
These are the 10 main projects we have our focus on at the GSPCA although there are many other projects including full rebuilds we would love to achieve in the coming years.
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Steve Byrne GSPCA Manager said “We want to wish all a Happy Valentines from the team and animals on what is a very special day as we share the 14th February, the day of love with the day the GSPCA was found 144 years ago."
"We would love to hear from anyone that would like to support us with any of these projects and to achieve any of them for our anniversary would be a dream come true.”
“The 20 staff and 600+ volunteers at the GSPCA work around the clock 365 days a year supporting families and the community while caring for thousands of animals every year.”
“Without our team and the wonderful facilities we couldn’t achieve so much and for 144 years it is the community of Guernsey that have helped ensure that we can prevent cruelty and promote kindness to animals every day in our long history.”
“We have to look to the future constantly to ensure that the Shelter has the facilities needed to care for the thousands of animals through our doors every year and to start GSPCA Purple Week to celebrate our 144th year we are sharing our birthday dreams in the hope that someone may help them come true.”
“From the 25 puppies we helped just over a year ago to Olivia the loggerhead turtle, the lion cubs to stray penguins are history is rich with helping countless animals over nearly a century and a half.”
“If anyone would like to support us in anyway no matter how large or small we would love to hear from you.”
Yvonne Chauvel Senior Animal Care Assistant said “For over 20 years I have worked at the GSPCA and every day we see a new challenge and we are constantly trying to maintain and improve the buildings the animals are cared in.”
“We all have our own homes and places of work and know it can be challenging maintaining and decorating them and at the GSPCA our buildings are scrubbed daily meaning they constantly need improvements.”
“From Sami the seal pup in our wildlife unit to Sunny the dog in need of a home they all need specific enclosures and caring for 24/7.”
Sarah Ozanne Animal Care Assistant said “It’s amazing that the GSPCA has been helping animals for 144 years this month and we really appreciate all the support we receive every day to help do so much.”
“We really want to improve many areas and buildings of the GSPCA and it would be so wonderful if there were those that could help us for the GSPCA anniversary Purple Week.”
To find out more about our Wishes and projects or how you can support them you can email email@example.com or call 01481 257261
You can see many other wishes by visiting our web page – http://www.gspca.org.gg/about/our-plans-wish-list
For many of our smaller wishes and items used daily you can see these on our Amazon Wish List - http://www.amazon.co.uk/registry/wishlist/25MJPPDAGXHL1
Another way to help the animals directly in our care is by sponsoring an animal pen or kennel and to become an Angel Pen Pal sponsor download this form and return it to the GSPCA to help us help animals every month - http://gspca.org.gg/about/angel-sponsorship-scheme-animals-needing-guernseys-everlasting-love
For a business to become a corporate Angel Pen Pal we would love to hear from you, please download this form and return it to the team here at the GSPCA - http://gspca.org.gg/sites/default/files/Corporate%20Angel%20Pen%20Pal%20sponsor%20formnew.pdf
We also work very closely with St Andrews Floral Group who are helping us improve our grounds and the local natural environment for wildlife and if you are interested in supporting our conservation work please visit - http://gspca.org.gg/page/st-andrews-floral-group-conservation-work-gspca
To sign up for the GSPCA suppoters newsletter please visit - https://www.facebook.com/GuernseySPCA/app/100265896690345/
To find out more about GSPCA Purple Week please visit - http://gspca.org.gg/blog/help-raise-funds-our-144th-anniversary-during-gspca-purple-week-10th-17th-february
20 February 2017
VACANCIES - Charity Shop Supervisor & Receptionist Full and Part Time Posts & Casual Animal Care Ast
Guernsey Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (GSPCA)
The GSPCA are currently looking for additional staff members to help with our increasingly busy front desk and develop our charity shop area.
Also we are also looking for an additional casual animal care assistant to help meet the needs of the Shelter.
We have extended the closing date for this post until Tuesday 21st February.
All roles are to help cover 7 days a week and especially on weekends and bank holidays when the GSPCA is often extremely busy.
We have a team of 20 staff and over 600 volunteers and without the whole team we couldn't help the 3000+ animals that come through the doors every year, care for the many boarders and achieve so much.
The roles are diverse working with all species of animals in Guernsey, managing volunteers, using IT systems and helping on reception to mention some of the duties.
The new Charity Shop Supervisor and Receptionist role is a very exciting opportunity to help develop an area and increase funds while helping recycle goods in Guernsey. We are looking for two candidates to help cover 7 days a week to grow a team of volunteers in the Charity Shop area and assist with the front desk duties at the GSPCA.
This role could be split as a full time 5 day role and a part time 2 day role or possibly 4 days and 3 days as examples and we are happy to discuss with each successful applicant to be interviewed what they could bring to the post.
The role will involve using our IT systems and developing an online presence while assisting with telephone calls, acceptance, boarding, welfare complaints, animal pet tributes, adoption and post adoption processes, GSPCA tours, website, social media and procedures are conducted correctly, thoroughly and professionally.
To apply and find out more please download an application pack below or collect one from the GSPCA Animal Shelter in St Andrews.
All applicants are required to complete an application form which is included in the pack and return it by the closing date.
The closing date for applications is Tuesday 21st February 2017.
20 February 2017
GDA February newsletter
Guernsey Disability Alliance
our February newsletter is online
27 February 2017
East African famine
The Tumaini Fund
Due to widespread on-going drought, East Africa is experiencing a terrible lack of clean water and food - 20 million people are affected. In Kagera, in a population of 2 million people, 40-60% are experiencing a life-threatening crisis due to lack of food - particularly affecting the vulnerable sectors of the community - the AIDS families, the desperately poor, children, the disabled, the elderly. Tumaini has already mounted a response to this and welcomes any donations to purchase corn to eat and also to be planted when the next Rains establish - many families have had to feed their children their seed-corn to keep them alive. It will be at least 12 weeks until the next harvest, if the current Rains deliver the water needed.
Tumaini continues its work establishing reliable clean water sources and encouraging diversification of crops through the work of our agricultural workers - former orphans, trained to certificate and diploma level at local colleges.
Consider coming to our Guernsey Welsh Male Voice Choir Tumaini Benefit Concert on St David's Day - 1st March, 7.30pm at Holy Trinity Church to raise funds for corn - 100% given that night will go out to Tanzania.