How we help

Vouchers

Vouchers

We provide practical help to those in need through vouchers for essential commodities such as fresh food, heating, household necessities, baby formula and nappies, baby equipment and children’s clothing. We do not want to make people dependent on us so can’t help too regularly or in large amounts.

Foodbank

Foodbank

We also provide practical help to those in need by providing items from our foodbank. This is the best way we can help as we have very generous donors and usually a well stocked cupboard of essential store cupboard items such as tea, cereal, pasta, tuna, soup, beans, vegetables, fruit, puddings, jam, biscuits, sugar and squash.

Even when we are unable to help in any other way we are usually happy for people to take items from our foodbank.

Life skills

Life skills

We offer life skills training sessions including:

  • - A money management course course run by Christians Against Poverty. This course is run regularly by various churches and we will advertise the latest one but can also run 1:1 sessions if this is helpful.
  • - Cooking healthily on a budget
  • - Simple Sewing
  • - Craft

These courses are run on an “on demand” basis – please let us know if you are interested.

Money coaching

Money coaching

The CAP Money Course is a revolutionary money management course that teaches people budgeting skills and a simple, cash-based system that really works.

This course will help anyone to get more in control of their finances, so they can save, give and prevent debt. The CAP Money Course is a course devised by the award winning debt counselling charity, Christians Against Poverty.

www.capmoney.org

Tree of Joy

Tree of Joy

The Rotary Club do a wonderful job each year of organising the Tree of Joy where members of the public can purchase gifts providing Christmas presents for children who might not otherwise receive much.

We are pleased to support their work by acting as an agency forwarding nominations for such children and distributing the gifts to our clients. If you would like us to nominate your child to receive a gift at Christmas, please call into the office during opening hours between 1st September and 31st October and we will have a chat and ask you to complete a form.

Guernsey Linking Lives

Guernsey Linking Lives

Guernsey Linking Lives is a new befriending service run by Guernsey Welfare Service. It is mainly aimed at those over 60 who find themselves requiring some extra friendship and support and has been set up using the model of a UK charity. The Linking Lives Scheme seeks to match trained and vetted volunteers with an older person who would like to see a friendly volunteer visitor on a regular basis for around an hour.

For more details, please contact Jessica Girard, Guernsey Linking Lives co-ordinator on 07839 188180 or gsylinkinglives@gmail.com

Parent Empowerment Programme

Parent Empowerment Programme

In 2016/17 we are working in partnership with HSC on a project as part of the 1001 Critical Days initiative which has been funded by the Ana Leaf Foundation.

The Parent Empowerment Programme is about travelling together on a journey of change.  We believe that everyone with the right support and help can develop the mindset to be able to make lasting and meaningful change.  Your past does not have to define who you are or dictate your future.  PEP uses two active ingredients that have been shown to help produce lasting change - group work and coaching.  Each member of PEP attends a weekly group with their children and is linked with a trained coach.

The current programme will end in June 2017.  If you or someone you know would be interested in a programme beginning in September 2017 you should speak to your Health Visitor in the first instance.

Signposting

Signposting

We act as a signposting service and information centre, pointing people in the direction of other community services, charities or States departments that may be able to assist them.

From time to time we liaise directly with these other agencies on behalf of our clients if their situation is more complex and they require a mediating body.

We seek to function as a ‘listening ear’, to make ourselves available to those in genuine need and offer support and practical help to them through difficult times.

Faith

Faith

We don’t push our faith or expect that you will have the same beliefs as us but we are a Christian charity and recognise that when people are struggling financially they are often struggling with many other things as well. We are always happy to discuss our faith or to pray with you if you would find that helpful. There are also some booklets available in the waiting area which you might find bring comfort or hope.

Pre-school

Pre-school

For many years, we ran Happy Days pre-school on five mornings a week for children referred to by Social Services’ Health Visitors. These children would otherwise not have been able to access this valuable start to childhood development because of the cost of private pre-schools.

Because of the introduction of free pre-school education by the States of Guernsey, Happy Days closed in July 2016.