Jersey?s first ever Charity Awards are being launched to recognise and celebrate local charities? achievements. The awards, supported by The Association of Jersey Charities (AJC) are to highlight local excellence within the charitable sector thus raising the profile of charity and voluntary activity in Jersey.
To apply, charities to need submit a 1,000 word typed entry describing their achievements over the last twelve months. There are three award categories as follows and £5,000 will be awarded to the winner of each:
Small charity of the year (less than 15 staff/volunteers)
Medium charity of the year (between 16 to 35 staff/volunteers)
Large charity of the year (more than 36 staff/volunteers)
The Awards are open to all Jersey charities; applicants don?t have to be a member of the Association of Jersey Charities but they must be registered as a non-profit making organisation with the Jersey Financial Services Commission.
The Awards judges include States of Jersey Senator, Francis Le Gresley; Principle Aide-de Camp to Jersey?s Lieutenant-Governor, Lieutenant-Colonel Charles Woodrow; Arclight Solutions Ltd Senior Consultant (Consultancy and Training services for charities), Jane Galloway and Chairman of the Association of Jersey Charities, Liz Le Poidevin.
The Jersey Charity Awards ceremony will take place at 2.30pm on Sunday 4 September 2011 at Radier Manor. All entrants will be invited, free of charge and approximately 150-200 people are expected to attend, music will be provided by the Parklife Choir.
Lyn Wilton from the Association of Jersey Charities said: ?There are currently 263 charities registered with the AJC ranging from branches of national charities to small local charities, clubs, societies and support groups and there are non Association organisations in Jersey who work tirelessly for the benefit of others and this is to be commended.
?The awards aim to publically recognise the huge amount of fantastic work Jersey charities do for the community which can often be overlooked. Volunteers are modest people so the ceremony is planned in the same vein; a relaxed celebratory afternoon garden party to be enjoyed by all. We?d urge as many charities to take part as possible to really make the most of the event and the award money is definitely a prize worth winning!?
The Association of Jersey Charities is working in partnership with the 50 years of Financial Heritage celebrations. As part of this alliance the proceeds from the Golden Gala community charity ball, to be held in September to mark the anniversary, will be donated to local charities through the Association and the Jersey Charity Awards 2011.
Application forms and guidelines for charities wishing to apply can be found on the Association website www.jerseycharities.org via the Jersey Charity Awards logo. The application deadline is 5pm on Thursday 30 June 2011.