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As we look back to the start of 2020, how simple life seemed then. How little we knew of what lay in store. Already the first reports were reaching us of an unusual illness in Wuhan, China. We had no idea of the enormous challenges it would pose to every aspect of our lives.


For the charities in the Channel Islands which do so much outstanding work to strengthen our communities, the Covid 19 pandemic rapidly changed everything. The lockdown measures introduced in the Bailiwick of Guernsey and Jersey meant they could not support their clients and service users in the way they had. We at Lloyds Bank Foundation for the Channel Islands (“The Foundation”) had to discard the plans we had for development in 2020 and scramble to support charities to function in a totally new environment.


Our task was to reach out to those we work with; to listen and to respond rapidly to help charities work in new ways.


Our board met each week for several months throughout the height of the emergency. The emergency funding requests we received illustrate the issues facing charities and in this publication you will see what we did to help them to be nimble and responsive to the needs of the community. 


Many people in our islands found themselves without the simple necessities of food and shelter. They found themselves unable to communicate with their friends and families. People with medical conditions such as cancer found themselves uncertain about whether they could continue their treatments. People – including children – living in abusive environments were unable to escape to the safe havens of school or workplace. Children not lucky enough to have the necessary support at home were simply not being educated. Some charities were unable to access essential PPE. Many had to enable their staff to work remotely with clients, because meeting face to face was no longer an option.


The longer-term impact of all this will be with us for years to come. Our task is to continue to listen and to plan how we can respond to help our communities. 2021 will need to focus on listening, responding, rebuilding.


To do that we will reach out to the charities of the Channel Islands, to other funding organisations in both islands, and to the governments of both islands. We intend to work closely with all of them.


Our core purpose is still to respond to requests for grant funding from charities in the Channel Islands. In 2020 we made £722,778 of core grants to charities in Jersey, Guernsey and Alderney. In addition, we made £243,860 of emergency grants to local charities addition – a total of £966,638 of grant funding (2019 £909,646). More detail can be found in note 13.


Of course, this was only possible because of our income from Lloyds Banking Group (“LBG”). The last year has, we know, challenged the bank to an extent it had never been challenged before. The Board of the Foundation is enormously grateful for the support it has received from LBG colleagues during the past 12 months and – above all – for the pledge that despite everything, our 2020 income will be matched in 2021. This is a tremendous gesture of faith from LBG in what its foundations do, and a demonstration that it supports our work both in good times and in bad.


Our reserves and investments allow us to supplement our income from LBG and I am grateful to fellow trustees who diligently oversee the positioning and performance of these funds, especially in the financial rollercoaster that was 2020.


My heartfelt thanks go to Executive Director Jo Le Poidevin who has worked unstintingly to underpin our work during this very busy year. It is beyond doubt that the Foundation has benefitted enormously from her understanding and her energy.


Never has the time and expertise of our Board of Trustees been needed as much as it was in 2020. As I look back, I believe that we did our collective best to make the most of the resources we had to help our communities through the difficulties of that year.

 

Kathryn Le Quesne

Chair of Trustees

25 March 2021


All grants during 2020 (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

2020
No. of Grants

2020
Grants
£

2019
No. of Grants

2019
Grants
£

Health including Mental Health

7

194,813

10

292,793

Support for Children and Young People

6

106,368

4

170,896

Support for People with Disabilities

4

151,200

3

155,831

Community Support

11

361,824

5

148,503

Victim Support

-

-

2

80,520

Support for Older People

-

-

1

35,161

Offenders / Ex-offenders

-

-

1

25,000

Training, employment and lifelong learning

2

68,383

-

-

Relationships including caring

3

84,050

-

-

Other funding

-

-

-

943

 

Total Grants

 

33

 

966,638

 

26

 

909,647