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Charity to help struggling islanders find a new lease of life

Charity to help struggling islanders find a new lease of life

Friday 05 March 2021

Charity to help struggling islanders find a new lease of life


The Caritas Community Charitable Trust will help to fund educational courses for some struggling islanders who are desperate to make a fresh start in life, in honour of one of the charity's late trustees.

The Community Awards will be granted in memory of James Stockwell, who died in 2019 at the age of 41.

The Community Awards will be presented to people who are looking to make a new start or are struggling to pay educational fees for a training programme. 

“We work lots with people in deprivation and people in need,” said Founder, Reverend Richard Bellinger. “The award is to assist people into a training scheme they might not be able to afford.”

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Pictured: Reverend Bellinger, centre, founded the community café on Mill Street (Credit: JR Photography).

A limited number of financial awards, up to £500 each, will be made available each year. They will be made in memory of Mr Stockwell.

The charity is keen to support those who have come out of the criminal justice system or simply want help retraining or learning a new skill. 

“We’re letting the probation service, the prison service and the education department know [about the Awards],” said Reverend Bellinger.

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Pictured: The charity community café on Mill Street offers affordable food for people in need. 

You can apply for the Awards online or a paper application can be picked up from the Community Café on Mill Street when it re-opens from lockdown. 

Reverend Bellinger concluded by highlighting how important it is to “help people help others”.

“We all have something to give, and those who’ve been in need find it difficult to give because they don’t understand the gifts they have – in their training they can discover their gifts, which they’ll then be able to share.”

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