11 October 2022, St Helier, Jersey
Standard Chartered and St John Ambulance Jersey hosted its inaugural workshop for young people, as part of its Health Citizens Programme launched earlier this year. Held at the Standard Chartered Castle Street office, seven young people from the Island took part in a jam-packed agenda to help them improve their social, entrepreneurial and employability skills for the future. The Jersey Health Citizens Programme is part of Futuremakers by Standard Chartered and funded with £20,000 from the Standard Chartered Foundation. The community Programme is designed to support young people who are struggling to find work or start a business in the current challenging economic environment.
Throughout the day, the first cohort, aged 14-18 years old, learnt about teamwork, communication, problem solving, leadership and self-belief. In a series of further workshops, they ultimately present a social action project – they address a subject they care about, delve into it and realise potential solutions to solve it, then take action to generate positive change on this issue. The sessions are delivered by Bank employees giving their free time and St John Ambulance Jersey trained volunteers.
Commenting on the workshop, Henry Baye, Standard Chartered CEO, Jersey, said: “The team and I thoroughly enjoyed meeting these young people. I was impressed by their commitment and enthusiasm and have every confidence they’ll put what they learn into practice. I am looking forward to working with St John Ambulance Jersey to help them develop their projects over the next few Health Citizens workshops. They are our Futuremakers!”
Sarah Harman, St John Ambulance Jersey CEO, said: “We are delighted to have welcomed such a great group of young people to our first ever Health Citizens Programme yesterday. They approached all the tasks with great enthusiasm and were very open in their discussions and planning. They now have the task of deciding how they want their community project to look and with the support of St John and Standard Chartered will be assigned their mentors to help make the visions a reality. Just from the conversations yesterday, I am excited to see what these young people are going to come up and how they are going to make real difference in our community.”
The global COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact individuals, businesses and communities across the Bank’s markets. Young people in Jersey have been hit hard with dramatically fewer work and training opportunities available, and an uncertain future ahead. The Standard Chartered Health Citizens Programme runs for a year in partnership with St John Ambulance Jersey.