Guernsey Community Foundation facilitates a stronger partnership between HSSD and voluntary sector

July 2nd, 2015 by Guernsey Community Foundation

First PowerPoint slide of the evening (click image to expand)

First PowerPoint slide of the evening (click image to expand)

The Guernsey Community Foundation hosted a workshop at St Pierre Park Hotel on 30 June 2015, which looked at opportunities to benefit the community by building a stronger partnership between the voluntary sector and the States of Guernsey Health and Social Services Department (HSSD).

The workshop attracted 76 delegates representing over 50 voluntary organisations as well as the HSSD and other States of Guernsey departments.

Wayne Bulpitt, Chair of the Guernsey Community Foundation, opened the evening’s presentations and discussions.

He introduced Carol Tozer, HSSD Chief Officer, who discussed the challenges and opportunities faced by HSSD, speaking about the importance of the voluntary sector in helping to prevent ill-health, involving people in planning their own care, and developing more responsive services.

Ruby Parry, HSSD’s Director of Communities, led an interactive session where attendees were asked to talk about their reasons for becoming involved in the voluntary sector, and the values and principles that guided their work. Continue reading

Bicycle generator to charge mobile phones at Sark Folk Festival

June 28th, 2015 by Richard Lord

The Eleanor Foundation will erect a tent at the Sark Folk Festival where people will be able to charge their mobile phones in return for a voluntary donation towards the charity’s water and solar lamp projects in the Kagera region of Tanzania.

Allister Cary of The Eleanor Foundation charging up mobile phones with his bicycle (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Allister Cary of The Eleanor Foundation charging up mobile phones with his bicycle (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

Allister Carey, who founded The Eleanor Foundation in memory of his daughter who was a keen cyclist and a passionate supporter of Water Aid, has bought an Electric Pedals generator, which is powered by the back wheel of a bicycle to provide charging for up to eight mobile phones at a time. Continue reading

Saffery Champness Rotary Walkers raise funds for 11 local charities

June 27th, 2015 by Saffery Champness

Tonnelle House wishes walkers success Saffery Champness

Tonnelle House congratulates Saffery Champness Rotary Walkers less than two miles from the finish line (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

The 2015 Saffery Champness Rotary Walk was a great success with approximately 470 people taking part in the 39-mile around the island walk on Saturday 6 June 2015, which was 24% more than participated in 2014.

Organisers have said that it’s now important for all those who took part to collect their sponsorship money and hand it in so that the chosen charities and organisations can get started on their projects and initiatives.

This year, for the first time, there will be a prize draw for any walker who has raised more than £100 in sponsorship.

The winner will receive an overnight stay at the Hotel de Havelet and dinner for two at the Wellington Boot Restaurant.

The draw will take place on the 2 July 2015 by the Saffery Champness Rotary Walk’s organising committee.

Those who wish to be included need to ensure they get their funds raised handed in by 30 June 2015. Continue reading

Guernsey Cheshire Home to benefit from the 2015 Guernsey Marathon

June 26th, 2015 by Canaccord Genuity Wealth Management

L-R Vanessa King, Justine Ayres, Lucy Brehaut, Dan Wynne from the CGWM Marathon relay team and staff and residents from Cheshire Home. (click image to expand)

Front row from left to right: Vanessa King, Justine Ayres, Lucy Brehaut, Dan Wynne from the CGWM Marathon relay team and staff and residents of the Guernsey Cheshire Home. (click image to expand)

The Guernsey Cheshire Home has been named as the beneficiary charity of the 2015 Canaccord Genuity Wealth Management Guernsey Marathon and Relay Races.

The charity provides long term residential, day and respite care for people with serious physical disabilities such as MS, spinal injuries, strokes and MND.

They currently have 11 permanent residents and offer a range of respite services allowing carers to have a break.

The annual event, which will take place on Sunday 30 August 2015, takes runners through all ten Guernsey parishes and along some of the island’s most scenic roads and lanes.

It has become a key part of the island’s sporting calendar and attracts competitors from around the world. Continue reading

Autism expert to give free workshop at Les Cotils on 13 July 2015

June 26th, 2015 by Carey Olsen

(please click on image to go to Gina Davies Autism Centre website)

(please click on image to go to Gina Davies Autism Centre website)

Autism expert, Gina Davies, will visit Guernsey to deliver a foundation level training course to early years practitioners in Guernsey thanks to the local branch of the National Autistic Society (NAS) and sponsorship raised by Carey Olsen.

The Attention Autism programme will be taught from 9.30 am to 4.00 pm on Monday 13 and Tuesday 14 July 2015.

During her visit Ms Davies will also deliver an evening presentation for parents and carers and any professionals unable to attend the daytime course.

The free evening session ‘Behaviour – Let’s Tackle Some!‘ will be at Les Cotils, St Peter Port beginning at 7.30 pm on 13 July 2015.  The National Autism Society book library will also be available to browse at this time.

Tickets to attend the evening session must be booked via Eventbrite. Continue reading

A walk around the main islands of the Bailiwick for holiday visitors

June 25th, 2015 by Richard Lord

A group of 14 from England, France and the Netherlands took a walking holiday around the Bailiwick of Guernsey (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Members of a group of 14 from England, France and the Netherlands booked through hfholidays to take a walking holiday around the Bailiwick of Guernsey (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

On 24 June 2015 fourteen people were passing through Cobo on their way around the entire Guernsey coast.

Through hfholidays, they booked a walking holiday around each island of the Bailiwick of Guernsey.

The couples and individuals from the UK, France and the Netherlands didn’t know each other until they met on the first day of their trip.

They walked around Sark on 22 June, allowed two days to walk around the coast of Guernsey, were walking around Herm on 25 June, and walking 14 miles around the coast of Alderney on Friday 26 June to complete 68 miles in total before returning to the UK on Saturday 27 June. Continue reading

Guernsey Bicycle Group electric bike demonstration a great success

June 25th, 2015 by Richard Lord

Rollo de Sausmarez holding a sign for the GBG electric bike demonstration in Smith Street, St Peter Port on 19 June 2015 (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Rollo de Sausmarez holding a sign for the GBG electric bike demonstration in Smith Street, St Peter Port on 19 June 2015 (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

The Guernsey Bicycle Group (GBG) organised a very successful demonstration of electric bikes on Smith Street in the heart of St Peter Port from midday to 2 pm on Friday 19 June 2015.

Dan Twaite of Adventure Cycles (left) and Ian Brown of Ian Brown's Cycle Shop with the electric bike models members of the public could test ride on Smith Street, St Peter Port (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Dan Twaite of Adventure Cycles (left) and Ian Brown of Ian Brown’s Cycle Shop with the electric bike models members of the public could test ride on Smith Street, St Peter Port (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

Adventure Cycles from St Martin and Ian Brown’s Cycle Shop on Les Banques provided a range of electric bicycles for members of the public to test ride up and down an area of Smith street delineated by traffic cones. Continue reading

The Guernsey Society of the Men of the Trees to vote on name change

June 24th, 2015 by The Guernsey Society of the Men of the Trees

Andrew McCutcheon, Secretary of The Guernsey Society for the Men of the Trees, digs a hole to plant a tree at Les Prins Estate (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Andrew McCutcheon, Secretary of The Guernsey Society for the Men of the Trees, digs a hole to plant a tree at Les Prins Estate (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

On Thursday 25 June 2015 members of The Guernsey Society of the Men of the Trees (GMOTT) at their AGM will  decide whether to change the charity’s name to ‘Guernsey Trees for Life’.

The original “Men of the Trees” was the brainchild of Richard St Barbe Baker who in 1922 set up a tree nursery in Kenya and founded an organization with the Kikuyu people to carry out managed reforestation in the region, using native species.

In the regional dialect, the local society was called “Watu wa Miti” literally “Men of the Trees”.

This formed the foundation stone for what was to become an international organization with the aim of reforesting areas of the world denuded of their trees. Continue reading

Marine dredging firm Van Oord has its own bicycles for Guernsey work

June 23rd, 2015 by Richard Lord

Van Oord's five bright orange bicycles parked outside the Guernsey Visitor Information Centre (click image to expand)

Van Oord’s five bright orange bicycles parked outside the Guernsey Visitor Information Centre (click image to expand)

It is hard to miss the bright orange bicycles in front of the Guernsey Information Centre in St Peter Port.

On first seeing them while traveling along the waterfront one might think that they belong to a new Guernsey cycle hire company.

The bicycles have caught the attention of Guernsey’s cycling community because of their bright colour and attractive design.

On close examination the bicycles, and there are five of them, are labelled as belonging to Van Oord – the Dutch company laying the new long and short sea outfall pipe in Belle Greve Bay. Continue reading

GBG electric bike demo on Smith Street, St Peter Port on 19 June

June 17th, 2015 by Guernsey Bicycle Group

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The Guernsey Bicycle Group has organised an electric bike demonstration at the foot of Smith Street, St Peter Port from midday to 2 p.m. on Friday 19 June 2015.

Adventure Cycles from St Martin and Ian Brown’s Cycle Shop on Les Banques will have electric bicycles for members of the public to try out up and down Smith Street, St Peter Port.

The path for electric bike travel on Smith Street will be marked by cones.

Electric bikes give cyclists the ability to easily climb Guernsey hills and to carry the extra weight of shopping and office papers effortlessly.

They assist with pedaling when the cyclist needs assistance so they do provide the bicycle rider with some exercise.

They have ample battery power to take a rider anywhere in Guernsey on a daily basis with inexpensive overnight charging.

An electric bike is an inexpensive way to commute to and from work and it avoids the hassle of wasting time and money looking for parking.