Skipton Community Fund
Previous Beneficiaries

  • Acorn Enterprises

    A Jersey project where islanders with disabilities or long-term health conditions refurbish the island’s public benches has been able to buy an industrial sander to help with its work, due to financial support from the Skipton Community Fund.

    The Skipton Community Fund, a scheme which supports good causes in the Channel Island community, recently awarded funding to Acorn Enterprises to support this project within its Training & Development provision.

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  • Pollinator Project

    The Pollinator Project is a local charity focused on making a practical difference to Guernsey's biodiversity, with a focus on pollinating insects. They focus on four main streams of activity: Education, protecting and enhancing natural habitats, conducting scientific research, and campaigning against the use of pesticides, plastic and peat. 

    Skipton Community Fund has given funds to the Pollinator Project to enable them to purchase a gazebo so they can continue to participate in several outdoor events to get key messages of caring for Guernsey's nature to more people through their education programs. 

  • Jersey Cheshire Homes

    A local charity which provides care and support for islanders living with a physical disability has been able to purchase a specialist vital signs monitor thanks to financial support from Skipton International’s Community Fund.

    Jersey Cheshire Homes successfully applied to the Community Fund, a grant scheme which supports good causes across the Channel Islands, for funds to buy a Dinamap Monitor to help care for their residents.

    The monitor gives accurate readings of residents’ vital signs and alerts nursing staff to any irregularities that require their attention.

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  • 3rd Jersey Scout Group

    The 3rd Jersey Scout Group is one of the largest groups within the Jersey Scout Association. As a Group they have over 120 young people aged 8-14 supported by a team of volunteer leaders. Camping is a big part of the group, it helps to build confidence being away from home, making new friends, trying new activities and learning new skills. It supports our young people in their personal development and allows them to make a positive contribution to the wider community. 

    Their our two mess tents have come to the end of their useful life and they hadn't been able to fundraise in the usual way to replace these because of COVID. They represent the largest item of expenditure for the Group. Skipton Community Fund was happy to fund the purchase of a new mess tent. 

  • JSPCA Animals' Shelter

    When a pet dies, the family who loved that animal can experience strong feelings of grief. Pets are family members: they are there when we wake up, and beside us when we go to sleep. They see us sick, happy, angry, sad, and they never pass judgement.

    The aching hearts of those who lose a pet can often suffer from a terrible condition called ‘broken heart syndrome’. When the response to grief is severe, the person exhibits symptoms that mimic a heart attack, including elevated hormone levels that can be 30 times greater than normal.

    When you’re in anguish after this kind of loss, you need to reach out and let people know how badly you’re hurting.

    'We know how hard the loss of a pet can be, so that's why the JSPCA Animals' Shelter offers a bereavement service for anyone who is in need of emotional support, from our trained team who have undertaken the Blue Cross Pet Bereavement course. We are very grateful to Skipton Community Fund for funding the training of some of our team on this course. The grant we were given also included the printing of 500 sympathy cards to give out to all those people who choose an individual cremation with the JSPCA.' Michelle Parker, JSPCA

    If you'd like more information about the JSPCA bereavement service, please call our Reception on 01534 724331 or email

  • Look Good Feel Better

    Look Good Feel Better is a leading cancer support charity aimed at boosting the physical and emotional wellbeing of people living with cancer. The national charity, helps boost the physical and emotional wellbeing of people living with cancer through free online and (post Covid) face to face workshops, printed materials and tutorials. The small group sessions tackle some of the problems that might be faced through treatment.  Questions can be asked, experiences shared and lots of new tips and techniques are demonstrated by our experts. Most importantly there is always a lot of chat and laughter!

    “We are thrilled to receive this grant for £1,431 to help towards providing vital physical and emotional support to people living with cancer.  Over the course of the last two years, raising funds for the charity has been incredibly challenging. However, as we come out of the pandemic demand for both our virtual and in person wellbeing Workshops has never been greater. It is for this reason that support from organisations like the Skipton Community Fund is so absolutely essential to the future success of the charity and in supporting people living with cancer.”

    Ruth Adams, Look Good Feel Better

  • Family First

    Family First is a support service in Jersey that was established in May 2018, to support families who need to go off island with their children for treatment. Since May 2018, they have supported over 100 families who have faced some of the most difficult times in their lives, such as, having a premature baby, a child in a mental health facility or a child receiving cancer treatment. At Family First, they offer a point of contact for parents whilst their child is in a UK hospital, they support them with sourcing accommodation close to the hospital, funding for travel and many other areas of support. 

    'We are so grateful to the Skipton Fund for supporting our charity as they have kindly funded our leaflets for 2021 and 2022 and with this support, we can ensure that families facing a most difficult time in their lives, are aware of our service and can access some much needed support.'  Cheryl Dolbel, Family Liaison Manager

  • Carers Guernsey

    Carers Guernsey are an independent charity providing support to anyone in the Bailiwick who cares for a friend or family member who, due to illness, disability, mental health problems or addiction, cannot cope without their support. There are thought to be in excess of 6,000 people in the Bailiwick supporting others in an unpaid caring role at any point in time, the majority doing so without any recognition or support. Carers Guernsey aim to support carers in a number of ways, by providing practical support from crisis management to help filling out paperwork, emotional support, advocacy and by facilitating a peer support network. 

    Christmas hampers were donated by the Skipton Community Fund to these carers for all their hard work and dedication. 

  • Talking benches

    Personal tragedy leading to Talking Benches. After an extremely challenging 18 months, many people across the islands are still feeling socially isolated.  This isolation can have many causes and affects all ages. 

    It is well known that when people talk to each other life can be better, which is why a brand new ‘Talking Bench’ has been created in St Martins, outside the parish hall. This follows the first ‘Talking Bench’ located at Petit Bot.

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  • Only Fools and Donkeys

    The Only Way is Up! charity sportive was the obvious next step following the publication of Matt Collas’ Cycling Climbs book at the end of last year. The book celebrates 26 of Guernsey’s hills with stunning pictures from Nick Déspres alongside the statistics and profile for each climb.

    The Only Way is UP! took place on Sunday 3 October with the option of two routes.  The full course is 55 miles and takes in 25 hills with approximately 6,000ft of climbing and the alternative route of 44 miles will take in 14 of the hills and climb approximately 4,500ft.

    ‘The ride is in aid of Only Fools and Donkeys which raises money for local charities working with children, young people and adults with learning difficulties and physical disabilities.’ said Matt Collas.  ‘I came across the charity when I took part in their Mule Loire charity bike ride in 2018 and all the proceeds from the book – which stands at just over £9,000 – has been donated to them.