Lloyds Bank Foundation for the Channel Islands has granted Liberate Guernsey over £34,000 towards their paid Co-ordinator over a two-year period. This funding will help the charity to continue to offer support to members of the LBGTQ+ community, as well as give advice, help, information and support to service providers and workplaces of LGBTQ+ people,
The Co-ordinator plays an integral role in organising, delivering and developing the charity’s services. These services see charity representatives conducting diversity, inclusion and equality training for employees of States departments and services, health providers, corporate bodies, and charities. Liberate also work alongside the Youth Commission supporting pupils and teachers to help schools become LBGTQ+ friendly and develop a peer led youth support network;
Whilst the funding primarily contributes towards a salary it will also be significant in the charity’s objective to becoming self-sufficient when the funding ends in 2019. The funding will allow Liberate Guernsey to also focus its efforts on providing services that will generate revenue like the launch of its new DIFERA (Diversity, Inclusion, Fairness, Equality, Respect and Acceptance) scheme this year. DIFERA is an employer accreditation scheme that has been introduced in the Channel Islands this year through Liberate which awards organisations with a quality mark that demonstrates to employees, clients and suppliers that your organisation values equality.
Markis Allen, Chair, Liberate Guernsey, commented on the funding: “Because there is no psychological support for LGBTQ+ people in Guernsey it makes the services that we provide absolutely necessary and that much more important. We’re very pleased to have received the funding from the Foundation which ultimately allows us to focus our efforts on what matters most like our trans support group and the launch of our DIFERA scheme this year.”
Jo Le Poidevin, Executive Director, Lloyds Bank Foundation for the Channel Islands is pleased to help charitable organisations become financially sustainable, she said: “The ultimate goal from our grant programme is to support local charities who support the inclusion of people who are vulnerable, disadvantaged and excluded in society, whilst enabling charities to become financially self-sufficient. We hope to see this outcome through our funding for Liberate Guernsey as they have already implemented steps and programmes into their business model that will become a valuable revenue source in the future.”