Residents of Eric Young House, which is operated by the Jersey Cheshire Home, are benefitting from improved access and security technology, thanks to a grant from the Barclays Wealth Community Awards.

The charitable group, which was established to offer care for individuals whose disabilities preclude them from living in their own home, was awarded £6,563 by the Barclays Wealth Community Awards last year for improvements at Eric Young House.

The improvements included the installation of an automatic door opener to allow wheelchair bound users at the home un-impeded access to the dining room without relying on able-bodied individuals to open and close the door. The second part of the installation equipped the front door of the home with a ‘swipe card’ access system, improving security; the swipe cards are issued to all residents and their family members who regularly visit them ‘out of office hours’, ensuring that the doors remain closed to unauthorised persons. The third part of the project mechanised the remaining two doors into the home’s dining room, further improving access and self reliance for wheelchair users in particular.

David Lord, Operations Manager, Jersey Cheshire Home, commented: ‘We are delighted that Barclays Wealth saw the virtue in the application made by The Jersey Cheshire Home for the grant to undertake this work, giving residents both security and access without compromising their own individual dignity and ability; the generous grant has achieved that end.’

The Jersey Cheshire Home provides long-term care for individuals whose disability precludes them from living in their own home. The organisation also operates a respite facility at Eric Young House. Those wanting to use the home can do so for the first time from their 16th birthday until their 65th but once resident, the individual need not move from the home because of age. The Jersey Cheshire Home also offers day care, hydrotherapy and individually tailored long term physiotherapy treatment. The aims and objectives are to allow disabled individuals privacy, support, dignity and development of their own potential.

The Barclays Wealth Community Awards support projects that will make a real difference to local people in a variety of ways. The Awards are open to registered charities that have representation in Jersey and the 2010 Awards will be launching in Jersey in September.

Over the past four years, the Awards have provided grants to support a variety of projects, from buying Easter eggs for Meals on Wheels recipients to refurbishing and developing local clubs, such as the Scouts premises in St Ouen, and Gorey and Grand Vaux Youth Projects. Grants have been awarded for both large and small projects, ranging from a few hundred pounds to several thousand pounds.

In 2009, Barclays Wealth helped 11 groups – the UK’s leading wealth manager had intended to give away £25,000 in total, but the judges felt that the projects entered into the Awards were so deserving that they increased the funding to £38,000 in total, with £31,500 going to five project winners and the remainder being split between an additional six projects. The deserving winners included Grace Trust, Brighter Futures, Jersey Women’s Refuge, Headway Jersey and Jersey Cheshire Home. The six additional recipients included Meals on Wheels, Jersey Society for Deaf Children and Young Adults, Milli’s Child Contact Centre, St John’s Youth Project, Gorey Youth Club and the Youth Inclusion Project.

Paul Savery, Managing Director, Barclays Wealth Intermediaries and International Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man, a member of the judging panel since the Awards were launched, recognised the importance of the improvements required at Eric Young House.

‘I am delighted that the users of Eric Young House have found that the improvements made following the 2009 Barclays Wealth Community Awards have made a real difference to their day to day lives. It is great to see that the grants are making a real difference to islanders.’

The 2010 Barclays Wealth Community Awards will launch in September. Entry requirements and further details will be made available following the launch.