A year on from its launch, over 120 worthy causes across the Channel Islands have been supported by JT Community Giving, JT’s new funding and assistance scheme. The scheme provides funding, technology, technical support and, where and when needed, the involvement of enthusiastic JT volunteers for local charities, projects and groups.
In Jersey alone, the scheme has helped 87 successful applications, each representing a diverse range of needs, yet all providing essential community services.
Pip Carpenter, Head of Commercial Market at JT, said: “JT Community Giving has been received by the community in an overwhelmingly positive manner. Its progress has been a testament to the dedication and commitment of all those who have been involved. The level of support we’ve received has far exceeded our expectations and we believe it’s contributing to the overall wellbeing of our island which is exactly what JT stands for.”
Over 60 recipients got together recently at the Lido in Havre des Pas to meet others who have benefitted and share what they’ve used their donation for. Over 50 refurbished laptops were donated, benefiting schools, sports clubs, Scout groups, and a cloud-based business phone system aiding volunteers running a mobile food bank and enabling them to stay connected with their clients. In addition, a total of £49,500 has been donated in cash and devices to worthy causes this year, including funding for 50 children from Samarès Primary School to attend a Beano-inspired event at the Jersey Festival of Words to improve and encourage literacy on the island from grassroots level.
Pip added: “When we can help good causes with small contributions, it shows that the impact of JT Community Giving is significant. Following on from the success of this first year, the scheme is already open for 2024 applications, and we continue to welcome all charities and not for profits to apply. We aim to help as many charities as possible, as they in turn do so much for our islanders, contributing to overall well-being and creating a more inclusive and interconnected community for all.”