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The Power of People
Raising funds and awareness for Cool Earth

Last April I travelled with two old school mates to India to partake in the Rickshaw Run, helping to raise funds and awareness for the charity Cool Earth.

Described by the organisers as ‘easily the least sensible thing you can do with three weeks,’ the Rickshaw Run involves driving a rickshaw 3,000 kilometres down the length of India with no mechanical knowledge, support team or planned route.

The rickshaw itself is just large enough to accommodate three people, with the bags and spare fuel strapped to the roof, and has just enough power to manage a top speed of 50kph (downhill), making it the ideal means by which to explore such a vast and diverse country.

We experienced countless breakdowns, wrong turns and crashes, at one point even rolling it off the road in the hills north of Goa, but eventually managed to limp across the finish line in Kerala.

Tom Hiles, Trainee Investment Manager, Quilter Cheviot

Supporting gender equality and inclusion

Kaye Nicolson-Horn, Senior Trust Officer, Vistra Jersey speaks out on gender equality and inclusion for all and highlights how diversity and inclusion are much more than corporate buzzwords.

A previous columnist for the Jersey Evening Post for much of 2019, and before that an interviewee on diversity and same-sex marriage matters, where she used her own experience as a gay woman and mother in Jersey to promote understanding on important issues of diversity and inclusion. This is a brilliant example in representing Vistra’s core Value’s on equality & diversity.

Kaye has recently set up a Facebook group called Brilliant Books, which recommends books for children that are inclusive in all aspects. Kaye is also in the early stages of trying to set up an LGBTQ+ ally scheme at her work and is part of a women’s equality group that is in its infancy.

Helping the community through mentoring

David Brunton, Senior Manager, Commercial, Lloyds Bank Corporate Markets volunteered his time to mentor the Service Manager at Jersey Women’s Refuge.

David was able to use his knowledge and expertise to assist with the completion of their business plan, required as part of the application process for a grant to fund the recruitment of additional staff members. Jersey Women’s Refuge protects and empowers women and children affected by domestic abuse and seeks to eliminate domestic violence through awareness and education.

David says helping the community has always been important to him.  When he moved to Jersey from England David was keen to continue giving back to the local community in some way. The Partnership that Lloyds Bank has with the Lloyds Bank Foundation for the Channel Islands made this possible. The Foundation not only provides grants for local charities, it also organises mentors like David to support them.

Making a Difference
Supporting the Philip Gower Charitable Foundation

Aqua Group support several initiatives (directly or working pro-bono) to make a tangible difference to those who do not have enough; The Philip Gower Charitable Foundation is one that contributes to the Island.

Through the creation of the Foundation, Philip Gower aimed to improve the lives of disadvantaged children and young adults providing support to local charities. PGCF work and donate what is now the award-winning Gower Centre and many other projects. PGCF highlighted the needs of disadvantaged care-leavers to Barnados’ and work in partnership to provide support and continue to support other children’s’ charities – Kids Out, Outward Bound Trust. In 2020, the Foundation notwithstanding the Pandemic; delivered the provision of premises for three Jersey-based children charities at Pip’s Place.

Aqua Group are proud to add practical support that the PGCF put into our Island to give each child opportunity. To learn more about the foundation; please click here.

Encouraging open dialogue on mental health

Today’s fast-paced world puts daily pressure on everyone’s wellbeing. Making time to take care of our mental health and check in on others has never been more important.

I’m proud that, at Mourant, we proactively support the mental and physical wellbeing of our people and help raise awareness of mental health in the community.

Three years ago, I joined Mourant’s team of Mental Health First Aiders, with Joanne Attley and Clare Woodhouse. We’re trained to better understand mental health and support the wellbeing of ourselves and our colleagues. Through our employee-led Wellbeing Network, we host events to actively encourage everyone to think and talk about their mental health and be kind to others.

In the community, the Mourant Psychology Essay Competition is a platform for young people to contemplate and share their views on mental health, to foster a positive approach to mental health for the future.

I’m glad to play my part in encouraging discussion of this important topic.

By Sarah Huelin – Mourant Partner, Finance & Corporate

A shared commitment to our community

At RBC, we always strive to support our communities in various ways. Whether it’s committing to cleaning up parks and public areas in our neighbourhoods, working with students, or volunteering with a specific charity, RBC employees have many stories to share on how they commit themselves to their community.

Now more than ever, it’s important to stand together and provide support to those who are most vulnerable. Two WMI employees, Carolyn Bye and Helen MacKenzie — the Business Shared Services duo who have been supporting local charities focussed on food security during COVID-19.

In times where kids are meant to receive meals from school and when elderly people are cautioned against going to the shops themselves, volunteers like Carolyn and Helen are crucial to keeping everyone safe.

Working for Change
Walkers Marks International Women's Day with Packed Event in Jersey

More than 130 people attended Walkers’ International Women’s Day event at the Royal Yacht Hotel in Jersey in February for “a celebration of liberation through the generations”.

Speakers from organisations including EY, the Jersey Scouts Association and RBC joined Walkers Global Managing Partner Ingrid Pierce (who spoke via videolink from the firm’s Cayman office) and the firm’s Guernsey managing partner Louise Hall, in front of an audience of Walkers team members and clients.

The audience also heard from student Filipa Dos Santos, who won the £200 “Listen Up!” public speaking competition organised by the firm. The Year 12 Hautlieu student had submitted a four-minute vlog on the theme of “Liberation” which impressed judges for her interpretation of the brief, creativity, presentation and enthusiasm.

The event is part of the firm’s global activities supporting International Women’s Day

Partner Alexandra Corner, who was part of the organising committee for the event, said: “We are so glad to have had not just a packed schedule and a completely full venue, but also to have had such an engaged audience who really connected with the speakers and the panel events.

“We would like to thank all of the speakers who gave up their time to take part in our day, and to all of our guests, and to particularly thank Filipa for sharing her story with us.”

Doing the right thing and support the Island

Doing the right thing is at the heart of Vistra’s values and Vistra Jersey has wholeheartedly embraced this value through regularly supporting local charities. Involved in many initiatives, some recent examples include The Samaritans Brew Monday’s, Blood Cancer Kids Triathlon and The Grace Trust food Bank.

Our most recent CSR initiative centred on thanking employees for all their hard work during COVID-19 lockdown, which saw us, like many, having to work from home at short notice. We also wanted to help Jersey Zoo as they were struggling like so many local businesses to survive financially. One of our directors came up with the inspired ‘Love Your Zoo’ idea, to gift each member of staff and their families with a membership to the Zoo.

Being able to help Gerald Durrell’s Conservation Zoo here in Jersey, which not only saves animals but entire ecosystems, making a global contribution, has been amazing.

Discussing female leadership inside SANNE

SANNE’s Ellen Lusby, a Manager in the Private Debt & Capital Markets team, hosted a podcast with other leaders in the business and professional career coach, Sophie Clyde-Smith as guest speaker. The podcast covered female leadership, leadership during a global pandemic, the importance of diversity, how to address unconscious bias and what we’re doing at SANNE to improve opportunities for all. The podcast was released globally to all 1,800 SANNE employees to facilitate further discussion and engagement on the topic.

Sophie believes that these types of conversations are often the catalysts for positive change, raising awareness and normalising the dialogue around women. Everyone has a part to play in the workplace to support each other.