The Committee offers advice and guidance to members and prospective members on all aspects of charitable and community work on the island through the services of its administrator, Lyn Wilton. Lyn can help with all of your queries and when not in the office, the answerphone will always record messages.

Grants to members
The Association receives all the Jersey proceeds of the Channel Islands' Lottery, which is available to members in the form of grants. Members may apply for grants to a maximum of £30,000 each year, which are approved by the Committee. The Association does not award grants for overseas projects. To qualify for a grant, applicants must have been members for six months, the grant must benefit Jersey residents directly or indirectly and applicants must have displayed sufficient need for such a grant. Grant application forms are available here.

Meetings
The AGM is held within six months of the year end (31 March) to which all members are invited. Other meetings may be called from time to time by either the Committee or a minimum of 10 members.

Training workshops
During 2011 we arranged a talk on Defining a Realistic Reserves Policy, PR and the Media, four sessions on issues of governance and four sessions on social networking. During 2012 we organised talks on Income Support, Insurance, Investing Charity Reserves, Adults at Risk plus four workshops on governance issues, four workshops on social networking and three full day media training days. For 2013 there were two full day media workshops, a talk on Investments, a talk by the Vetting and Barring Bureau, four workshops on social networking and e-fundraising plus four workshops on governance issues.

Free advertising in the JEP

The Association pays for a quarter page advert in the JEP every Thursday for the purpose of advertising fundraising events for members who may not otherwise be able to afford to do so. Advertisements must be submitted to the JEP by 12 noon on a Tuesday in order to be published on the Thursday of the same week. Staff at the JEP will help members with any design or artwork required. Any member wishing to take advantage of this service, please contact the JEP direct on 611711 or advertising@jerseyeveningpost.com. Please also remember to copy your email to the Administrator to ensure inclusion in the website Events Diary.

Website
The Association has its own very comprehensive website, www.jerseycharities.org which is constantly updated and improved. In addition each member has its own page on the website.

Email news service

A news service is offered through the email system involving up to date information affecting charities and special offers available to members. These offers are in the form of free furniture and equipment, volunteer help, available premises and other wants and needs. In order to cut down on postage and stationery costs, we try to persuade as many members as possible to subscribe to the news email service. Please contact the Administrator to be added to the news email list.

Discounts to members
The Association has negotiated favourable discounts for members with various businesses and retailers. At present these are:-

(a) Discounts on printing, stationery, photocopying;

(b) Discounts on computer hardware and software by negotiation;


(c) Jersey Post offer 5% discount on postage stamps to Association members and free or discounted direct marketing -  application form and Terms & Conditions.

(d) The Guernsey Stamp Company will sell Jersey postage stamps at 20% discount to AJC Members - call Peter Wilson on 01481 721314

Service Strategy
The Association has a service level agreement with the Economic Development Ministry laying out the conditions for the proper management by the Association of the Jersey share of the Channel Islands' Lottery proceeds. Included in its requirements is for audited accounts and a Service Strategy to be produced annually both of which are available from the Administrator. Download a copy of the Service Strategy herepdfServiceStrategy 2013.pdf181.78 KB.

Newsletter
Our Publicity Officer produces a quarterly newsletter for a roundup of the last quarter's news and events, upcoming events and points of interest plus contributions from Members.  View our newsletters here.

Annual Report
Our Annual Report is published in March and distributed at the AGM in July and islandwide, together with our brochure, to help raise awareness of the Association and its members. If you would like a copy of past Annual Report, please
contact the Administrator.

Annual Return
The Annual Return was first produced and distributed to members in 2004 and these are sent to members at the end of each year.  It is a means by which the Committee can keep up to date with the changes of personnel who run the member charities. It also allows members to feedback to the Committee their views on how to improve our services and their training requirements. It is thus a very important tool in maintaining good communications with members.  pdfA copy of the Annual Return can be downloaded here

National Volunteer Week
Volunteer Week is a national event held annually from 1 to 7 June. 2014 was the 30th anniversary of Volunteer Week, which is celebrated in all English speaking countries around the world.