Public to vote until 9 September for Guernsey charity to receive Lloyds TSB Community Fund donation

July 31st, 2012 by Lloyds Banking Group Community Fund

The Lloyds TSB Banking Group Community Fund aims to support communities by awarding local organisations with £5,000. In every community across Britain there are lots of local good causes that inspire, support and unlock the potential of young people.

Lloyds TSB staff nominated the organisations that matter most to them. A public vote will decided which of the following two Guernsey charities will receive £5,000 each:

Young People Guernsey (YPG) is a charity that identifies and responds to the needs of young people in Guernsey, particularly those in need, and ultimately those at risk. We are establishing a youth information, advice and guidance centre in St. Peter Port in summer 2012; aimed at young people aged 11-16 years and managed by Barnardo’s.

There is a need for a neutral, safe, professionally-resourced youth advice centre within Guernsey for young people. We have spoken to the young people themselves and here is a typical quote: “We need people to stop treating us like we’re a problem and to listen instead to our problems. If we get the right help now, it might make things better when we’re older.” (Young man 14) The ground-breaking nature of this project lies in its service, its age range and its professionals.

The Friends of Saumarez Park Playground is a new charity that has recently been set up specifically to raise funds to build a new playground and to replace play equipment which was twenty years old in Guernsey’s largest and most popular park. The Charity will raise the profile of the fundraising campaign, arrange and support fund raising events and work to involve children and parents with the project.

The Guernsey Marlins Special Swimmers Club is, as far as we are aware, the only facility if its kind in Guernsey that meets regularly and provides specialist swimming training in a discreet environment to both young and adult learning disabled swimmers. A young man with autism came to us when he couldn’t swim and wouldn’t put his face in the water or get his hair wet. Within a month he could swim half a length. Another month saw him swimming a full length and shortly after he was ducking under the water to retrieve weighted objects. He was so pleased with himself he insisted on all the swimmers and volunteers assembling to applaud each of his achievements. Now, we have even managed to persuade him that it is not necessary, as it was taking others away from what they were trying to achieve a good team spirit building though!

Vote for your chosen charity

Visit Young People Guernsey and click the ‘Vote Now’ button or send the following text: VOTE BH1 to the following number 07797803367

Texts are charged at the standard network rate and the closing date is midnight on 9 September 2012, after which texts will not count but may still be charged.

Visit The Friends of Saumarez Park Playground and click the ‘Vote Now’ button or send the following text message: VOTE BH2 to 07797803367

Texts are charged at the standard network rate and the closing date is midnight on 9 September 2012, after which texts will not count but may still be charged.

Visit The Guernsey Marlins Special Swimmers Club and click the ‘Vote Now’ button or send the following text message: VOTE BH3 to 07797803367

Texts are charged at the standard network rate and the closing date is midnight on 9 September 2012, after which texts will not count but may still be charged.

 

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