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Association of Jersey Charities CEO outlines priorities

Association of Jersey Charities CEO outlines priorities

Monday 13 November 2023

Association of Jersey Charities CEO outlines priorities

Monday 13 November 2023

The key aims of the representative body for local charitable organisations have been outlined by its first CEO – who said that recent challenges posed by the storm demonstrated that "charities are often the heroes".

Beth Gallichan became the first CEO of the Association of Jersey Charities (AJC) earlier this month, and has since highlighted the key role she believes charities play in the local community.

Setting set out her agenda for the coming months, she said: “In a week when our community has been shaken by the storm, events have provided a stark reminder of the incredible work done by all the emergency and essential services as well as those charities who have been available for those in urgent need of support”.

“There’s no doubt that charities are often the heroes," she added. 

Outlining her vision for Jersey's charitable sector, Ms Gallichan explained: “We have a responsibility to shape the future of our compassionate and caring community.

"At the same time, though, the economic challenges and inequalities charities face will continue to grow.

“This means charities will need to be more creative and focused on making multi-year plans that provide confidence and are able to clearly demonstrate the difference they make.”

Highlighting her priorities for her first 100 days in the role, she added: “My role is to represent the charity sector in Jersey as best I can, and to achieve that my priority will be to meet with AJC members, partners and other organisations over the coming weeks, and take time to listen to and understand the concerns and potential solutions charities in Jersey share.”

As the association's first CEO, Ms Gallichan will lead the AJC in delivering on its mission to encourage and facilitate charitable work.

She will also be responsible for promoting collaboration between organisations, providing representation and support for charities, offering training opportunities, and overseeing the equitable distribution of charitable funds.

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