February 28th, 2012 by G4S
LOCAL facilities management company G4S has pledged more than £40,000 to the Bailiwick of Guernsey Victim Support and Witness Service.
The association with the charity was announced at an event to recognise the completion of the integration of Guernsey Air Conditioning into the G4S business – with a combined workforce of more than 250. A one-off £5,000 donation will be followed by £12,000 a year for the next three years.
The service is using the funds to employ a part-time assistant to help with the increasing workload they are facing.
This will enable the Victim Support and Witness Service team to continue offering talks in local schools, attend inter-island victim support conferences and go to meetings locally whilst keeping the office manned throughout the working day.
Brian Richings, Chairman of the Victim Support and Witness Service, says the support will be invaluable.
“Being able to have an additional person on the team will have a huge impact on the service we are able to offer. Aside from the primary aim of supporting those affected by crime we also work with schools and in conjunction with Jersey and the Isle of Man.
“Our workload has been increasing and without this support from G4S we would not be able to continue with these additional activities. We are grateful that they have chosen to build a relationship with us,” he said.
Director for G4S in the Offshore Islands Phil Taylor says there is a strong synergy between the company and the charity.
“G4S provides support to the security at the Royal Court so is involved in the process of making people feel more comfortable and safe when they need to attend the building. Our wider group has many associations with the justice sector in the UK and further afield.
“With the recent changes at the company we were looking to start a new chapter in our history and felt that giving back to the local community had to be a part of that,” he said.
The Victim Support and Witness Service provides emotional support, information and practical help to those who have been affected by crime regardless of whether the crime was reported or when it happened. The service is operated by trained staff and volunteers and is offered free of charge to ensure that victims or witnesses have access to confidential help and support.