A £70,000 donation for Young People Guernsey’s centre in St Peter Port is being used to pay for essential staff to work with teenagers in need.
Young People Guernsey (YPG) provides an island-wide information, advice and support service for young people aged 11 to16 years through The HUB. It is not a youth club but somewhere for young people to go when they want help or information and when they simply have nowhere else to go. In the two years since it opened, more than 1,000 teenagers have used its services.
It is operated for YPG by the UK’s largest children’s charity, Barnado’s which has recruited, trained and are managing The HUB’s two full-time and one part-time professional members of staff and a team of 28 volunteers.
It costs £120,000 a year to run The HUB. As YPG receives no States funding it has to continually find ways to raise money, such as seeking corporate supporters and private benefactors, applying for grants from charitable trusts and by organising public fundraising events.
The £70,000 donation (£35,000 for this year and for 2015) has come from the Lloyds Bank Foundation for the Channel Islands, one of the largest sources of charitable funding in the islands, dispensing almost £1million a year in the Bailiwicks of Guernsey and Jersey.
Jane St Pier, Chair of Young People Guernsey said: ‘Our greatest assets are our staff and the volunteers, so to have such a significant contribution towards our operating costs for the next two years is a vital lifeline. The Lloyds Bank Foundation does an amazing job supporting charitable causes in the Channel Islands through its understanding of the vital work undertaken by the third sector in the community. Charities such as ours could not survive without such support.’
The Foundation derives its funding entirely from Lloyds Banking Group but is legally independent of the Lloyds Group and an independent board of Channel Islands trustees determines the policies. The Foundation recently entered into a new covenant to provide long-term continuity of financial support.
The Chairman of the local foundation is John Boothman and the Deputy Chairman is Jurat Dr John Ferguson. The Executive Director is John Hutchins.
Mr Hutchins said: ‘We are absolutely delighted to have been involved with this project. The effort that Young People Guernsey have put into their fund raising in the early years for this charity is nothing short of extraordinary. As such the Foundation is very happy to support them going forward for what is a critical facility for the young people of Guernsey.’
The HUB provides comprehensive support and advice for the issues teenagers can face: from the difficult issues of bullying, relationship and family problems, education, substance abuse, sexuality and sexual health issues, emotional health, self-harming, homelessness, mental health, careers, disability, sexual, physical and psychological abuse to the more mundane such as needing internet access to do their homework.