FIVE local projects have benefited from the fourth round of the Guernsey Community Foundation’s Quarterly Grants Programme which has targeted projects that work towards improving social inclusion since its launch 12 months ago.
During the final round of year one, £11,000 was available for charities and voluntary groups to apply for – £10,000 from the Foundation and an additional £1,000 which was donated to the Foundation by RAF Kinloss after its closing in July 2012.
‘There was a very large response to the programme this quarter, with many strong applications, making the job of the Grants Panel particularly difficult,’ said Sadie Siviter de Paucar from the Guernsey Community Foundation. The total amount applied for was near to £165,000.
Friends of St Martins Day Service has been awarded £2,850 to provide Positive Behavioural Support workshops for families and carers of people with learning disabilities. The project will be delivered by the Challenging Behaviour Foundation which is a carer-led national charity which offers specialist courses. The training workshops are designed to help carers reduce the frequency, severity and impact of challenging behaviour and to promote partnership working between family carers and professionals for a lasting impact.
A new initiative called the Guernsey Parents’ Partnership (GPP) has been awarded £3,120 towards the hire of the Roseville Centre from which some of its services will operate. GPP is a collaborative initiative involving health visiting, midwifery, family support, social work and mental health services and provides sustained and structured support for families experiencing poorer health and social outcomes. These services, due to start in spring 2013 are being developed following the success of the work of the Guernsey Young Parents’ Partnership which is based within the Family Partnership Team, Children and Maternity Services, HSSD. This expanded early intervention program will continue to work with vulnerable families but will now be able to offer its services to a wider group. The focus will be on supporting families and parenting from early pregnancy, and will include ante and post natal clinics, parenting groups and courses, and a parent and toddler group.
£1,500 has been awarded to the Western Parishes and Youth Community Centre Trust at Styx to replace the loose railings on a disabled ramp entrance to the building. This entrance is the most widely used access route by less able users of the centre and the work will facilitate the continued and safe use of the centre. This entrance is used daily by Headway, the Guernsey Specials Gym Club, and the elderly for the services the centre provides.
Guernsey Mind has been awarded £2,500 to support a new staff member, who is already proving invaluable in improving communication to mental health users, together with providing administration support and enabling the promotion of on-going projects such as the Mind Guernsey employment project. Guernsey Mind has helped hugely in promoting awareness of mental health issues and tackling the stigma and discrimination associated with them, at a time when mental health related problems within the community have increased dramatically over the last ten years.
£1,500 has also been granted to Options Domestic Abuse Forum LBG so that its Independent Domestic Violence Advisory Service can initiate a Group Work Program. This will be aimed at victims who have experienced domestic abuse/violence to assist them in developing positive lifestyle coping strategies. The outcomes of the project are to increase the safety of participants and their children, improve their understanding of the dynamics of domestic abuse, increase self-esteem and networks of support. Figures for 2011 show that approximately 700 domestic abuse incidents were reported to the Guernsey police, including 132 high risk cases.
This latest round of grants brings year one of the Foundation’s Quarterly Grants Programme to a close.
‘We are really pleased with the response to the first year of the grants programme,’ said Sadie.
‘There is obvious demand for funding in the voluntary sector and we are pleased to have helped such a wide range of projects and organisations. We will be launching the second year of the grants programme shortly and would like to see the pot of funds increase to meet more of the demand. This is an area of work that the Foundation is currently developing.’