JT commits to supporting autism charities for next three years

April 19th, 2012 by JT

JT Group has announced that for the next three years it will focus a global fundraising initiative towards supporting the developmental disorder, Autism.

For the first time the JT Group has not only extended its chosen charity activities from one year to three years, but it is also linking all of its global offices to focus on one specific cause. This joined up approach reinforces JT’s commitment to support the different communities in which it now operates; with the Group joining together with leading Autism charities in Jersey, Guernsey, London, Melbourne and Boston.

Autism is characterised by impaired development in communication, social interaction, and behaviour and it affects many families all around the world.

The charities identified in each market by JT work to enable those within the Autistic Spectrum to live a full and inclusive life, and JT’s fundraising and staff volunteering will add value to the work already being done.

In Guernsey, JT will be working closely with the Guernsey Branch of the National Autistic Society (NAS), which champions the rights and interests of all people with autism in the Bailiwick of Guernsey and aims to provide help and support which can make a positive difference to the lives of individuals with autism and their families.

Paul Taylor, Managing Director of JT Guernsey, explained the importance of joining together to support autism. He said “we are absolutely delighted to announce our commitment to supporting Autism around the world as a part of our chosen charity initiative for the next three years.”

“By joining together with the key charities in each location of our global offices, we are able to focus our efforts on giving something back as a group, but also at a very local level too. Autism is a lifelong developmental disability that can affect how a person communicates and this really strikes a chord with us as communication is at the heart of our business.”

“We are very much looking forward to building strong and mutually beneficial partnerships with all the Autism charities over the next three years.”

He added “as well as fundraising we believe it is important to educate our own people about the disorder through getting actively engaged with Autism in each of our markets.  As such, as a first step we are planning to run two educational lunchtime sessions with NAS so that our staff can begin to better understand the condition.”

Mrs Catherine Hall, the NAS Guernsey Branch Officer, commented that “on behalf of the NAS Guernsey Branch I would like to thank JT for identifying Autism as the focus of its fundraising.”

“Choosing to partner with us in Guernsey is a welcome boost for our own fundraising activities in the island. We are looking forward to working with JT and raising the profile of our work in Guernsey and within the community.”

JT’s commitment to Autism will be managed by its ‘Action for Autism’ team which will involve staff from across the business. Together they will be responsible for aligning activities, motivating colleagues to get involved and working closely with the nominated charities to ensure opportunities are maximised in each location.

In 2011, JT raised £10,000 across the Channel Islands for its chosen charity Teenage Cancer Trust and now hopes to accelerate these efforts during 2012 and beyond, by aligning its operations behind one common cause.

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