It’s the largest business event in the Channel Islands, attracting more than 800 to its gala awards evening at Fort Regent, but as well as celebrating local entrepreneurship and initiative, the Jersey Enterprise Awards have led to a unique opportunity for one of the award winners.

When Jane Donald, the senior youth worker at Le Squez Youth Club accepted the Condor Ferries Community Award at last year’s Jersey Enterprise Awards, she had no idea that the story of the club and the work it did with young people from Le Squez estate would strike such a chord with one particular sector of the audience.

International law and fiduciary firm Ogier, who had themselves received three awards at the gala awards evening, were so moved by the report showing the work Le Squez Youth Club did within the community, that they stepped forward and offered their support.  In addition to funding a new full time assistant youth worker for the youth club from January 2012, Ogier will run legal advice drop in clinics, offer work experience placements and work with club members to revamp the youth club entrance.

The St Clement-based club couldn’t be happier with its new sponsor. Senior youth worker Jane Donald said, ‘We are very grateful for Ogier’s support.  We are looking forward to working together and have a number of projects lined up where we believe that Ogier’s involvement will really make a difference to our community and our members. This includes brightening up our club and working together to put on a range of events. We will be starting with a sports day where young people will be able to take part and try out lots of different sports and fun activities!’

Paul Willing, Chief Executive Officer of Ogier Fiduciary Services adds ‘It is great to know that our funding will help Le Squez Youth Club continue to provide support to their members. The work they do is invaluable; it is so important for young people to have a fun, safe and positive place to meet and socialise as well as learn new skills and Le Squez provides exactly this’.