The Association of Guernsey Charities is holding a Charity Forum on 20 February to discuss the relationship between the States of Guernsey and local voluntary organisations.
The evening will include some talks by charities that already have a good working relationship with the States to illustrate what can be achieved. A major feature of the Forum will be a discussion about how the States of Guernsey can best encourage local voluntary organisations, and how a change to voluntary and charitable sector strategy might benefit the island.
The evening has been organised by Malcolm Woodhams from the Association of Guernsey Charities, who said “This is a unique opportunity to for charities to learn more about the potential for cooperation, as well as engaging in useful discussions about how to develop a future strategy. The role played by the charitable sector is so important in our community, and this Forum will allow charities to put forward their views and express opinions directly to representatives from the States”.
Charities will be able to listen to talks by Deputy Jonathan Le Tocq, Andrea Nightingale, Kareena Hodgkinson, and Katherine Tetlow. The discussion panel will feature Mark Cooke (Chief Officer, HSSD), Stephen Langford (Chief Officer, Housing Department), and Alan Brown (Director of Education).
Malcolm Woodhams added, “We’d encourage all interested charities to take part in this event, and we hope that it will be beneficial to both the States of Guernsey, and the charitable sector. Organisations will have a real opportunity to engage with the States in a fresh approach to Social Policy which is both strategic and creative”.
Spaces for the Forum are limited, and the event is only open to organisations that are members of the Association of Guernsey Charities. Anyone interested in attending will need to register by visiting the Association of Guernsey Charities website: www.charity.org.gg
Doors will open at 6.40pm, and the evening will start at 7.00pm.