July 2nd, 2015 by Guernsey Community Foundation
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
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 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
June 27th, 2015 by Saffery Champness
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 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
June 26th, 2015 by Canaccord Genuity Wealth Management
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
June 26th, 2015 by Carey Olsen
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.
June 25th, 2015 by Richard Lord
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
June 25th, 2015 by Richard Lord
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.
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
June 24th, 2015 by The Guernsey Society of the Men of the Trees
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
June 23rd, 2015 by Richard Lord
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
June 17th, 2015 by Guernsey Bicycle Group
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.