Barclays Wealth staff recently swapped pens for paintbrushes when they undertook a decorating project at one of the Shelter Trust homes in St Helier.

A team of nine from the Wealth Advisory team spent the day up ladders with rollers and brushes, efficiently re-decorating the communal areas across the four floors of the residential building.

‘We believe that the expertise and skills of our employees, as well as a little financial support from Barclays Wealth, can make a huge difference to charitable organisations within the communities in which we live and work,’ said Mike Farley, Barclays Wealth. ‘Teams from Barclays Wealth Jersey are often getting involved in community projects like this one, where a small effort has a significant impact.’

John Hodge, Shelter Trust director said the lick of paint makes all the difference to the residents. ‘The stairwells look so much better and were long overdue a fresh lick of paint. I am very grateful to the staff at Barclays Wealth for their effort and support. Just making the communal areas of the homes brighter and cleaner can have a remarkable effect on the mental wellbeing of our residents.’

The Shelter Trust is the largest provider of services for homeless people in Jersey and at present provides accommodation for around 80 homeless people across three sites in St Helier. The Trust also provides an outreach service, providing food, hot drinks and support for ‘rough sleepers’ in partnership with Jersey Homeless Outreach Group. An aftercare and resettlement service to former residents who now live in their own homes but need some ongoing support is also provided by the Trust.

In addition to the accommodation, the Shelter Trust runs one of the few drunk and incapable units currently open in the UK. This court diversionary project provides a safe and caring environment for islanders who are intoxicated; protecting them from a criminal record and saving Jersey’s police, courts, probation and prison services considerable time and expense.

Over 400 people a year use the services of the Trust.

In addition to the many activities in which Barclays Wealth staff participate, Barclays Wealth Jersey’s community team also runs an annual awards scheme – the Barclays Wealth Community Awards – at which £25,000 is pledged to local charities and community groups. The results of this years’ awards will be announced on 17 November.

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Issued by Lisa Gutcher, Liquid, tel: 01534 488899, e: lisa@weareliquid.com