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A year ago, we said we would continue to develop ways of being more responsive and supportive to the charities in the Channel Islands which do so much outstanding work to strengthen our communities. I believe that in the last 12 months we have done just that, and it gives me great pleasure to introduce this report on the activities of Lloyds Bank Foundation for the Channel Islands in 2019.

Our entire mission and purpose is to support people who face challenge and disadvantage in Bailiwicks of Jersey and Guernsey by strengthening and supporting the charities which help them. We do this by (a) investing in those charities’ activities through grant funding (b) introducing specialist business development advice to charities through our Lloyds Bank mentors (c) education and training offered both at our annual seminars and (to come in 2020) through made to measure courses in understanding outputs, outcomes and impact (d) strengthening relationships with other charitable funders and with governments in both Bailiwicks and (e) by matching £ for £ the fantastic fund-raising activities of Lloyds Bank colleagues, who have their own insights and intelligence into the needs of charities in the islands.

Explaining what we do illustrates the changes we have made in recent years. We have developed so that we do not simply respond to applications for grant funding but listen and look for opportunities to support the charitable sector and, where necessary, we will alter what we do to achieve our purpose.

The world has changed in recent years. The issues facing communities have grown bigger and more complex and the capacity of government to respond to those issues is limited, because of spending cuts and stagnant economic growth. Foundations such as ours are uniquely well placed to work more closely with government. We can take risks in funding new, preventative services identified by our charity partners which promise to reduce the issues downstream, in the future.

But while we scan the horizon for new opportunities to support people in the Channel Islands who need help, we adhere firmly to our core purpose, which is to respond to requests for grant funding from local charities.  In 2019 we invested £909,647 in grants to charities in Jersey, Guernsey and Alderney and more detail can be found in note 14 (2018 £925,766). Everything we do is made possible through the generosity of Lloyds Banking Group plc and in 2019 we received covenant income of £775,513 (2018 £554,183) plus an additional £15,350 (2018 £50,468) specifically to support mental health and wellbeing and £75,000 (2018 £75,000) towards the Foundation’s administrative costs. Our reserves and investments allow us to supplement this income and I am grateful to fellow trustees who diligently oversee the positioning and performance of these funds.

Our Board of Trustees is made up of individuals who give generously of their energy, time and expertise. They are unstinting in their work and their contribution is great. One of the features of the Foundation is the regular refreshment of board membership and while there are obvious benefits in bringing new energy and ideas there is sadness too when respected colleagues stand down at the end of their term. We have just seen the retirement of Tim Cooke and Mike Starkey, who were both appointed at the turn of 2013/14 and for six years played very full and demanding roles in supporting the Foundation. Their wisdom and knowledge benefitted the Board greatly.

We also bid farewell to Ally Le Feuvre, who retired after three years because of ill health. Ally’s knowledge and experience of working with young people with learning disabilities had been very valuable to the Board and helped our decision making enormously.

We are very fortunate to be supported by Executive Director Jo Le Poidevin. I am quite clear that Lloyds Bank Foundation for the Channel Islands’ reputation benefits enormously from her skill, thoughtfulness, energy and the respect in which she is held throughout the Channel Islands.

All grants during 2019 (excluding cancelled grants and Matched Giving) fell within one or other of the two main objects of the Foundation: Education and Training, or Social and Community Needs.

Issue

2019
No. of Grants

2019
Grants
£

2018
No. of Grants

2018
Grants
£

Health including Mental Health

10

292,793

7

219,238

Support for Children and Young People

4

170,896

1

29,850

Support for People with Disabilities

3

155,831

5

169,512

Community Support

5

148,503

6

190,500

Victim Support

2

80,520

1

45,000

Support for Older People

1

35,161

1

19,890

Offenders / Ex-offenders

1

25,000

1

32,000

Training, employment and lifelong learning

-

-

4

129,390

Relationships including caring

-

-

3

90,386

Other funding

-

943

-

-

 

Total Grants

 

26

 

909,647

 

29

 

925,766

Katie Le Quesne
Chair of Trustees