Brig-y-Don Children's Charity

About Us

As one of Jersey's oldest charities, Brig-y-Don has made many changes over the past few years to meet the needs of today's vulnerable children and young people. Brig-y-Don Children's Charity aims to help by improving the lives of children in residential care in Jersey, then by supporting them when they move on to live independently.



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Today Brig-y-Don Children's Charity principally uses its funds to buy goods, services and life-enhancing experiences that will improve the lives of children & young people in residential care in Jersey. It continues to help when, as young adults, they leave care to live independently in the wider community. By sponsoring further education & items to promote independence, we encourage self-sufficiency rather than reliance on the State. As a secondary purpose the Charity will also consider any request to help a child in need in Jersey.



Brig-y-Don 1940

Brig-y-Don first opened in 1925 as a Children's Convalescent and Holiday Home to care for children recovering from tuberculosis. Over the subsequent years Brig-y-Don evolved into a home which provided care to children who, for a variety of reasons, were unable to be with their own families.

Due to lack of funds, the charity ceased to run the residential home in 2009. The following year the States of Jersey agreed to lease the property from the charity and in 2011 the States extensively refurbished the property to bring it in line with current guidelines and standards. Health & Social Services now manage the residential unit, known as Brig-y-Don House, whilst the Charity continues to help children and young people during difficult times; the ethos of care, the foundation upon which the Charity was built, remains strong.

Testimonials

It dawned on me that for this family Christmas presents were only going to be a few things from the 'pound shop' as they had no money left and extended family had chipped in to buy a cooker, which was more important than children's gifts. Due to the sheer scale and generosity of Brig-y-Don Children's Charity and your sponsors, I was able to take a selection of gifts for each child and take them to the parents in one of the lovely Christmas bags you brought the gifts in. Mum was overwhelmed and dad's eyes looked a bit moist as they gratefully took the bag off me. It certainly left me with a warm feeling and a nice way to finish before I went on leave to visit my loved ones for Christmas.

Received from a Social Worker

The support and much needed items Brig-y-Don Children's Charity has given me, made becoming an independent adult a much smoother and more comfortable process.
It is encouraging to know that such support is there for me and other young adults.

Received from a Care Leaver

Thanks to Brig-y-Don Children's Charity for helping me to pay for my Doctors bill so I could go to the Doctor when I was really ill and get a referral to the hospital.

Received from a Care Leaver

I would just like to thank you for the support your charity has given me towards my graduation expenses. With your help, I am now able to afford my robe, hat, accommodation and transport. Thank you Brig-y-Don Children's Charity, you really are fairy godmothers at times like this and I can’t thank you enough.

Received from a Care Leaver

Our grateful thanks to the Brig-y-Don Children's Charity and their Administrator Mrs Allison Le Blancq for the invaluable support and funding received.

Without the kindness of the Brig-y-Don Charity, many of the young people that we work with would not have had the opportunities in life to follow their desired paths.

Received from the Leaving Care Team (LCT)

Thank you for paying for my driving lessons, in the future it will help me get a full time job and give me greater independence.

Received from a Care Leaver

Thank you very much for the money towards my new computer, as a media student, a computer is quite possibly the most important piece of equipment I can own, It would have been impossible to purchase one without your help and it should give me the means to break into the business. For that I can't thank you enough! Keep up the fantastic work.

Received from a Care Leaver

I just wanted to say a great big thank you from all of the families I work with for the presents kindly donated at Christmas. All of the children were very happy with their presents. The donations also really helped the parents to manage the pressures that Christmas can bring and they were very grateful. Please can you pass this message of thanks onto all who donated and contributed to presents.

Received from a Social Worker

I wanted to thank you for your generosity for all the fabulous Christmas gifts that were given. One young mum I gave some of the gifts to was overwhelmed by the kindness shown by strangers and after Christmas told me about the surprise and delight of her son when he woke on Christmas day. Because of the kindness shown, some families that would have otherwise found Christmas a really difficult time, were able to enjoy it and spend a little more on necessities such as extra food and heating. Thank you again for the kindness shown.

Received from a Social Worker

I was with a young person yesterday, he said that it was the 'best Christmas he had ever had' because he got the best presents he has ever received, he showed me what he had been given and was clearly very, very happy. His Sister received some of the clothes vouchers and she was very happy, especially as she had not had any new clothes for quite some time. For this family, as for many others, the presents donated have made a huge difference and I just wanted to thank you on behalf of the families.

Received from a Social Worker

Brig-y-Don Children's Charity has kindly supported me for the last 5 years since I was 16. They have helped through to my independence and assisted me to get transport as well. All I can is they are 'True Legends'.

Received from a Care Leaver

Applications

The Charity is run in a similar way to a 'Trust' and applications may be made to the Charity by professional individuals or organisations, providing the beneficiaries are young people in Jersey. The charity does not support applications for goods or services that are included in grants or benefits from the States of Jersey. Applications are considered as they are received, so that a decision to allocate funds can be made as quickly as possible. Application forms available on request from the administrator.

Examples of Applications the Charity will support -



The charity has also set up two grants specifically for care leavers -

Our Vision

For all looked after children and young people living in Jersey to realise their full potential regardless of ability or background.



Mission Statement

To enrich the lives of vulnerable children and young people by supporting them through difficult times, identifying and addressing their unmet needs and thereby restoring their self confidence and trust in those around them as they mature and grow.

Reaching Out

Values

The Management Board will be open, honest and transparent in the conduct of the affairs of the charity. The Management Board will aspire to high standards of governance and make best possible use of the funds entrusted to them whilst acknowledging the wishes of the benefactor.

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