We create social value by supporting the local community. Through our EMR Jersey Community Fund, we’re helping to enhance the environmental quality of life on our Island by supporting local community groups with their green initiatives.
The Parish of St Helier Bloom
The Parish of St Helier Bloom is a group which supports horticulture and art projects within the parish of St Helier. The group recognised that children might not have access to a garden of their own at home, and so it takes the garden to the local primary schools to educate them about the importance of conservation. Through its Pollinator Project, children are taught how to sow wild flowers.
Our partnership with the Parish of St Helier Bloom helps support the group with the purchase of equipment, such as compost, wildflower seeds and vegetable seeds of all types. The equipment is used to run its educational sessions with the aim of teaching children of all ages aspects of environmental projects around our Island. They will take part in sowing wildflowers for pollinators in their own school in St Helier or elsewhere on the Island.
Seedy Sunday Jersey
EMR Jersey awarded its first Community Fund donation to Seedy Sunday Jersey, an island wide community seed swap. The donation was used to grow the group’s annual Seedy Sunday Jersey event, which is the only one of its kind in the Channel Islands. The event brings together green minded people including gardeners, seed savers and farmers, as well as a range of community groups and organisations campaigning for sustainable food production and biodiversity.
National Trust Jersey
The National Trust for Jersey is a unique organisation that has been at the forefront of environmental and heritage protection since 1936. Its vision is to permanently protect Jersey's natural beauty, rich wildlife and historic places for everyone to enjoy and experience. We have partnered with The National Trust for Jersey to help plant 200 trees in its Jersey sites.
Caring Cooks of Jersey
Caring Cooks is a non-profit local charity with a mission to empower children and young people on the Island to grow, cook and eat healthy food. This service supports, on average, 30 adults and children each week, helping them through times of hardship that they might be facing. Caring Cooks also runs a Let’s Get Cooking Programme, a school meals service called ‘Flourish’, and a Kitchen Garden Project, which teaches children how to grow food from seed and look after the environment.
EMR Jersey partnered with Caring Cooks of Jersey to help support its ‘Flourish’ programme which was launched in September 2019. Our support has helped by allowing Caring Cooks of Jersey to purchase 1000 reusable yoghurt pots and a Buffalo 20Ltr Planetary Mixer, used to make the meals.
EMR Jersey's Community Fund donated £2,500 towards Jersey Mencap’s allotment and pond projects. As demand for the outdoor facilities increases, donations have never been more important to the grant-run charity. The funds donated by EMR Jersey, were used to support the day-to-day running of both initiatives and the associated activities, which include a tree planting project, bat monitoring at the pond and the growing of vegetables, fruit and salad.
Acorn Woodshack is a wood recycling workshop that helps save timber from entering the waste stream by turning it into new products such as garden furniture and wooden gifts. They also provides work experience and training opportunities to local people who have a disability or long-term health condition.
EMR Jersey's donation helped Acorn Woodshack increase the amount of waste wood it re-uses through the purchase of a Briquette Machine.