Expanded support for local organisations from Association of Guernsey Charities

Following extensive consultation with members and the wider community, the Association of Guernsey Charities (Association) is starting the new year with the appointment of its first paid staff member and the search for a second.

Joni Nettleship became its first Development Officer on 1 February, continuing a role she established for the Guernsey Community Foundation and which the Foundation have committed to continue to fund through the Association for at least a further 3 years.

In this role Joni will be responsible for co-ordinating the delivery of support to members and promoting the voluntary sector to the wider community and other stakeholders.

In addition, the Association have recruited an Administrator to undertake the day to day administration of the Association, supporting the Development Officer and volunteer directors to ensure that the increased needs of charities can be met in these especially challenging times.

The administrator role and general operational costs for the Association to establish a support centre, have been funded by the Social Investment Fund in a 3 year commitment.

Wayne Bulpitt, Chair, Association of Guernsey Charities comments “this initiative by the Association of Guernsey Charities, especially in partnership with the Social Investment Fund and Guernsey Community Foundation marks a significant step up in the support available to charities and voluntary organisations within the Bailiwick and will focus on the needs highlighted by members. Especially in the following areas:
·  The provision of training and practical/professional support
·  To promote charitable giving, including advice on fundraising and grant applications
·  Ensuring that there is a single resource library and practical assistance
·  Promoting the benefits and opportunities of volunteering and access to professional services and advice.

Collectively the Association will provide a clear voice in representing the sector to key stakeholders such as Government, funders, and the wider community”.

Stephen Jones, Chair, Social Investment Fund added “We are very pleased to be able to help with the beneficial changes planned for the AGC at this important time for the third sector in the Bailiwick, particularly with the new charity legislation requiring all charities to strengthen their governance.  Funding the costs of the administrator fits in well with our criteria and we wish the AGC board great success with what they are intending to achieve. “

Sir Richard Collas, Chair, Community Foundation added “The AGC and the Foundation first began discussing these plans some time ago, and it is exciting to see them come to fruition. Joni’s appointment will enable the AGC to increase the support that it gives to charities at this critical time. The Foundation, meanwhile, will continue to play an active role in supporting the third sector by awarding grants, offering advice to charities, and promoting community causes “

Further details on the work of the Association of Guernsey Charities and its long-term strategy can be found at www.charity.org.gg

For further information please contact Wayne Bulpitt at chairman@charity.org.gg or telephone 741902.

Issued: 05 January 2023