We are delighted to announce that St John Guernsey has been shortlisted for the Guernsey Community Foundation “Charity of the Year Award”.

The Community Awards celebrate the local charities, organisations, groups, individuals and businesses who work tirelessly to raise money and embark on community projects for the benefit of others, across the Bailiwick and further afield.

The Judges were impressed by the community involvement of a large number of volunteers who collectively offer vital support to both individuals and locally held events.

St John Guernsey aims to improve the lives of everyone in our Community. The charity supports
quality of life by providing an excellent life-saving first aid service, care in our community and the
opportunity for personal development through volunteering. St John Guernsey provides first aid and
community care to islanders via Event Medical cover, Cycle Responder Unit, Community First
Responders, Youth service and a Library, with new services in line with the States Partnership of
Purpose being planned for the future.

Nikki Harrison, Chief Operating Officer of the charity said “We are all delighted to have been shortlisted for this award. The charity has been through a number of changes over recent years and we are looking forward to some exciting times ahead. Our volunteers are at the heart of the organisation and we wouldn’t be able to provide the services to the community without their commitment and dedication.”

St John Guernsey now covers roughly 150 events per year and so far in 2018 volunteers have completed some 1500 hours of purely event cover from Liberation Day to school fetes. The Cycle Responder Unit, sponsored by G4S, also attends events around the island such as the Channel Island Pride March.

The St John Community First Responder Scheme is jointly run with the Emergency Ambulance
Service, with 35 Community First Responders (CFRs) currently trained to respond to life threatening calls in their vicinity.

The revamped Youth sections have a new curriculum in place, with roughly 70 under 18s attending
weekly sessions. The Badgers and Cadets learn important first aid skills, as well as life skills and
have the opportunity for personal development.

The St John Library at the Rohais opens every Tuesday and supplies a wide range of small and large
print books.

Other charities shortlisted in the Charity of the Year Award category are the Priaulx Premature Baby Foundation and Guernsey Mind. The overall winner will be announced at the award ceremony on Tuesday 13th November at St James.  

Posted: November 7, 2018