A voluntary organisation that has been serving the Bailiwick for more than 60 years has received a donation from the Lloyds TSB Foundation for the Channel Islands.
The Guernsey Voluntary Services (GVS) – formerly the WRVS or Women’s Royal Voluntary Service – relies on over 500 volunteers to deliver such essential services as Meals on Wheels, the Island Emergency Team and assisting with the Blood Donor Service. Although it receives an annual grant from the States of Guernsey, the GVS has to meet its own running expenses from modest charges for services and fundraising initiatives.
Notwithstanding the merits of such important work for the community, the donation of £11,215 will be put towards the day-to-day running costs of the Jubilee Day Centre.
The GVS Manager, Clare Burton, said they were very grateful to the foundation as the Jubilee Day Centre was pivotal in the charity’s work with the older members of the community.
‘It is a delicate balance between keeping our charges to our clients as low as we can, whilst still providing a nice day out for them, so continuing support towards our running costs from the Lloyds TSB Foundation helps us do that,’ she said.
In addition to the Jubilee Day Centre, the GVS runs a second day centre, The Russels, in St Peter Port. Both operate to provide a comfortable meeting place for the older members of the community, where they can take pleasure in the company of others, enjoy good food and benefit from the facilities that the centres have to offer.
The Lloyds TSB Foundation for the Channel Islands has donated in excess of £10 million to charities in the Channel Islands, the UK and overseas since it’s inception in 1985. It is a grant-making trust that decides on and makes donations to charities in both bailiwicks. Its mission is to support and work in partnership with charitable organisations which help people, especially those who are disadvantaged or disabled, to play a fuller role in communities throughout the Channel Islands.
The Foundations are legally independent of the Lloyds TSB Group and independent boards of trustees determine their policies. The Chairman of the local foundation is Jurat Stephen Jones and the Executive Director is John Hutchins.
Mr Hutchins said: ‘We are delighted to have been able to assist the GVS during 2012 and also in previous years. It is a very well run charity and critical to Guernsey. The number of volunteers involved assists so much in producing an effective charity.’