Barclays offers funds to charities focused on helping Guernsey youth

September 12th, 2012 by Barclays

Barclays is again offering funds for local Guernsey charities through its annual Champion Charities Awards.

However, in a change from 2011, the awards will aim to help charities work in a specific area: improving life, financial and entrepreneurial skills in the island’s young people.

The awards are open to registered charities that are based locally and national charities that have a Guernsey branch.

Only projects that benefit the local community will be considered for the awards.

As well as funding, the awards provide the opportunity for Guernsey-based charities to partner with Barclays to achieve their goals.

Paul Woodland, Barclays head of local markets, and a judge on the awards panel, said he is pleased that so many charities submitted applications to the awards programme that was launched in 2011. The scheme enables Barclays to make a difference to a number of different local projects.

“Barclays is committed to supporting local charities, and this year, we are focusing on a particular area of the community. Developing life, financial and entrepreneurial skills in young people is something Barclays is driving forward right across the business. It is vital that young people get the best start in life – something we are aiming to support through these awards.”

“The awards are a fantastic opportunity for a charity that has a specific project that will benefit the community to work with Barclays so we can help them with funding and support to make real progress with their work,” Mr Woodland said.

“We are specifically looking to work in partnership with charities, this can include staff involvement, and other support such as sharing business skills or mentoring,” he said.

Judging panel (left to right) Sue Markham, Paul Woodland, Julia Church, Shaun Green, and Sharon Baudains (click image to expand - composite image)

Along with Mr. Woodland, this year’s judging panel is made up of Sue Markham from GBG magazineJulia Church, Head of Wealth Advisory at Barclays; Shaun Green, Deputy editor of  The Guernsey Press, and Sharon Baudains from Barclays.

“The judges will consider applications from any charity, for any amount, but in particular we are looking for those that meet our key aim to support young people,” said Mr Woodland.

Last year the company made £30,000 worth of grants and supported twelve charities including Le Platon Elderly Care and the Brock Road Rascals.

Barclays funded art supplies for the Guernsey Arts Commission Community Art Project for Le Platon residents (click image to expand - image courtesy of Barclays)

“We awarded the Guernsey Arts Commission £1,700 last year for two projects with Le Platon Elderly Care and the Brock Road Rascals- funding percussion instruments and art supplies for the residents at Le Platon to use, and photography equipment for the children to help build new skills and their confidence,” said Ms. Baudains of Barclays.

Elaine Harris from the Guernsey Arts Commission said the art sessions at Le Platon in particular have been incredibly successful.

“The session creates a wonderful social opportunity for residents to come out of their rooms and be together. There is a therapeutic element to the sessions too, in that it encourages the use of imagination and physical use of the hands.

“There are lots of smiles and everyone is so proud of the artwork they have created.

For Le Platon and the Guernsey Arts Commission Community Art Project this is a collaborative partnership, underpinned by the fantastic sponsorship from Barclays,” said Ms. Harris.

Entry forms are available to collect from the Barclays branch on the High Street, St Peter Port, or the Barclays office at Le Marchant House, St Peter Port or by email from sharon.baudains @

The deadline for entries is Friday 19 October 2012.

The Champion Charities Awards will be presented to the chosen charities at an evening reception in November 2012.

A similar scheme – Barclays Community Awards – is run in Jersey and will see a similar amount donated to charities in the island.


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