How We Interpret Our Articles
Our Role in our Community:
'Helping People in Need in Jersey'
You can see our full constitution HERE but below is how we interpret and operate it.
What We Do
To help people in need only in Jersey – this can be other delivery charities and community groups or even individuals in certain cases. It is deliberately wide-ranging and the Bosdet Charity Subgroup does review it’s focus on a regular basis, dependent on issues and need in our community. In recent years the focus has been on disadvantaged children and families.
To provide facilities for any group so long as it provides benefits or opportunities for a significant number of Islanders
- This could be to support a community, youth centre, nursery, or hostel – e.g. Sanctuary Trust.
- To provide equipment or any other physical aspect that enables that group to benefit Islanders, especially when they can otherwise not afford to do so – e.g. Woman’s hostel equipment.
- The staffing of such facilities – as with Woman’s Refuge, Brighter Futures, Family Nursing and Home Care, Jersey Child Care Trust.
To provide relief of poverty, financial inability, educational need, musical, artistic and sporting
- This has in smaller cases seen direct help to individuals in dire need with very quick help, even offering the basics such as food!
- Bosdet has, but no longer does so, provide student loans to help families through the cost of higher education. Going forward the government is introducing paid for fees.
- Bosdet supports Every Child Our Future in providing the in-school reading programme and Words and Numbers Jersey.
- Working with schools to support talented but disadvantaged young people to have access to music lessons and off-island trips including visits to universities.
- Support over the years has been to Sea Cadets, Scout groups, and other youth and sporting groups with equipment and in some cases support for disadvantaged young people to be able to go on organised off-island trips.
To work with other organisations with similar objectives
- By working with others and supporting the sector to become more efficient and effective, we know overall, we will help more people in our community and ultimately strengthen it. The Jersey Community Partnership is an example.
- The set-up, funding and operation of volunteer.je. We know volunteering not only helps keep charity costs down but more importantly energises our community to help each other.
- Seeking to influence Government and the community to support charitable work to help make our community even stronger.
Use our Les Ormes site to support our charitable work
Whenever possible excess capacity at Les Ormes is used to support our charitable work.
- Autism children’s swimming tales place on Fridays with our pool and swim teachers
- Macmillan Rowathon takes place annually raising huge sums.
- Activity groups use our facility.
What we exclude
- We only help people in Jersey.
- We do not support animal charities.
- We do not support any religious groups or otherwise where the group and hence benefit is closed to others.
- We do not support any political cause.
How we fund our work
We do not fundraise and have never received any donations.
We were fortunate to be gifted Les Ormes Farm and campsite and several residential houses from our beneficiaries, the late George and Madge Bisson.
We are directed to manage our gifted property portfolio for the very long-term benefit of our charity.
By developing, buying and selling, and generally seeking the best investment out of our properties, especially the Les Ormes site, Bosdet has increased its capital value securing its long-term future.
This development has seen distributions rise from very small sums of circa £15,000 to an annual budget today of £300,000.
The greatest increase in our charitable income came from the development of self-catering at Les Ormes. In 2008 this generated less than £400,000 and by 2018 has risen to £2.6m of turnover.
Other aspects of the Les Ormes site generate turnover but not the profit of self-catering.
Our Giving future plans
Going forward, our ambition is to fund our charity subgroup with £1m by 2030. This should be possible as our debts clear and further investments increase our efficiency and effectiveness.
As the business has matured and become more robust, and the tourism economy we operate in stronger, along with our own experienced team being very focused, we will take a longer view with debt so releasing more funds to distribute sooner.
This may help us achieve our £1m goal sooner than 2030. What we will never do is risk the long-term giving of Bosdet with short-term actions. Bosdet will be giving significant sums to our community in 100 years from now.
Our Charity spending plan
The Bosdet Charity Subgroup will be meeting in June 2018 to plans its focus for the next 3 years and to look at the gradual increase in distributions and charitable spend.
We are always keen to work with other bodies including Government, in making a more significant difference to our community.