The local charities and community groups shortlisted for the 2011 Barclays Wealth Community Awards are to be invited to attend an exclusive awards ceremony aboard HMS Iron Duke, Jersey’s affiliated warship.

The awards presentation, which takes place on Thursday 17th November, will take centre stage at an official function, which will see 150 dignitaries and politicians, including the Lieutenant Governor, General Sir John McColl KCB, CBE, DSO, hosted aboard the Royal Navy vessel. The awards will be presented at the ship’s formal reception to celebrate its affiliation to Jersey and the aim of meeting members of the community could not be better served than by hosting the Barclays Wealth Community Awards ceremony.

‘The awards presentation promises to be a fantastic event,’ said Paul Savery, managing director, Barclays Wealth Intermediaries and International Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man. ‘Each of our entrants will be invited to the ceremony, along with a guest. There will be 150 dignitaries, business people and politicians in attendance along with senior figures from the Royal Navy – an audience which I’m sure will be in awe of the amazing and selfless work carried out by these charities and community groups. The occasion will certainly reflect the importance of the contribution these groups and individuals make to our community, it is very fitting that it is to be aboard Jersey’s affiliated ship.’

The awards, which are in their fifth year, support projects that will make a real difference to local people in a variety of ways. The scheme is open to registered charities that have representation in Jersey and are specifically targeted at projects which will benefit the local island community.

Over the past five years, the awards have provided grants to support a variety of projects, from kitting out a new sensory room at Mont a l’Abbe School, supporting an arts initiative organised by the Jersey Alzheimer’s Association and funding an after school homework club. Grants have been awarded for both large and small projects, ranging from a few hundred pounds to more than £20,000.

In 2010, Barclays Wealth helped ten groups – the leading wealth management firm had intended to give away £25,000, but the judges felt that some of the projects were so deserving that they increased the funding to £37,812 in total, with £21,571 going to Mont a l’Abbe School and the remainder being split between nine further projects.

All entries were reviewed by Barclays Wealth’s Community Team, from which the shortlist was determined. Shortlisted entries will then be reviewed by judges, Paul Savery and Adele Langlois of Barclays Wealth, Spencer Davies of Channel 103FM and harbour master, Captain Howard Le Cornu.