Headway Guernsey has benefited from funding from the Lloyds Bank Foundation for the Channel Islands.
The amount awarded is £51,000 towards staff costs – to be spread over three years – to enable the charity to run its core programme helping islanders with serious brain injury to rebuild their lives.
Headway Guernsey’s Executive Director Philippa Stahelin said the money was a huge boost for the charity as it secures the running and continued development of key services up 2016. These include structured cognitive, physical and social sessions to enable members to build confidence, learn new skills and regain those skills that have been lost following serious brain injury.
During these modules, members develop coping strategies to support them on their road to recovery to a life back in the community.
“Last year we received 17 new referrals and already in 2014 we are working with five new people. As awareness of our services grows this is only likely to increase. We are so grateful to the Foundation for supporting our vital work in the island,” she said.
The Lloyds Bank Foundation for the Channel Islands is one of the largest sources of charitable funding in the islands, dispensing almost £1 million a year in the Bailiwicks of Guernsey and Jersey. It derives its funding entirely from Lloyds Banking Group but is legally independent of the Lloyds Group and an independent board of 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 have been delighted to assist this charity which is so fundamental in helping those suffering from the effects of brain injury. It is extremely well run and we are extremely pleased to have been involved.”