Where would we be without the essential services provided by local charities?

As the demand for these services increases, local charities face growing challenges in sustaining their operations.

A recent survey highlighted that 41% of charities in Guernsey and Alderney are struggling to find or keep volunteers, particularly in roles critical to their daily functions.

Additionally, these charities need to raise approximately £100 million annually to cover their operating costs, yet 29% experienced a financial shortfall last year.

The importance of local business involvement cannot be overstated, and Guernsey businesses play a crucial role in supporting these vital community resources.

With 49% of charities anticipating changes in their services and 23% expecting to expand to meet rising demands, the support from local businesses becomes even more critical.

In response to these pressing needs, the Bailiwick’s charitable sector has launched the #WithoutUs campaign.

This campaign, spearheaded by the Association of Guernsey Charities, aims to demonstrate the extensive impact charities have on our lives and what would be lost without them. Wayne Bulpitt, Chair of the Association, emphasizes that while our community is generous, there is a significant gap in Employer Supported Volunteering and Corporate Social Responsibility engagement.

“This is where local businesses can make a difference, say’s Wayne. “Opportunities for support range from corporate philanthropy and matched funding to volunteering and skills sharing. Engaging in these activities not only aids the charities but also enhances the corporate identity and community connection of the businesses involved”

The Association of Guernsey Charities invites all local businesses to visit www.withoutus.gg to learn how they can contribute to sustaining our charities.

By supporting this campaign, businesses can help ensure that no charity ceases to exist, preserving the invaluable services they provide to our community.