Five local charities, that all provide support services for families, have been announced as the beneficiaries of the 2019 Swimarathon. See below to find out more about who they are and the great work they do. Each of the five charities will receive up to £10,000 each.
All other money raised by the Swimarathon is used to provide respite holidays for local people, and a range of other community services in the Island.
Creating brighter futures for families in Jersey.
Brighter Futures is a charity that supports parents, carers, children and young people in Jersey. We provide a number of free programmes and services to help support the parents and carers we meet. People come to us for a variety of reasons and from across the social system, with different backgrounds, experiences, family and financial situations.
Jersey Centre for Separated Families
Our services are available to parents who are caring for their children alone, those who are sharing care and those who are not able to spend time with their children. Parents, carers, grandparents or anyone else with concerns about family separation are welcome.
Mind Jersey provides information and support to those people and their families who are experiencing mental illness. The charity aims to enable as many of those people to lead as full and active lives as possible, and to campaign for greater public understanding of mental illness.
Mind Jersey employs a family and carers’ support worker and also offers a free service to children age 7-15 that have a parent, carer or significant family member living with a mental illness. This service, Family SMILES, consists of 8 group work sessions for children as well as 6 individual parent work sessions. The programme helps children to learn about mental illness and develop coping skills and supports parents in understanding their child’s experiences.