Welcome to The Jersey Community Relations Trust
The Jersey Community Relations Trust was set up as a charity by the States of Jersey in 2004 and is run by a Committee of eight trustees, including one States Member.
Our mission is to promote equality of treatment and opportunity in our community.
CHILDCARE IN JERSEY
We are conducting a research project into the cost of childcare in Jersey and we would welcome opinions by completion of a short survey which will be open until the 4th March.
What do you think about the cost of childcare in Jersey? Are you a parent with young children? Please take a look at our survey. Thanks very much for your time! https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/FVPQVP2
Jersey Women in Business Report
Gender imbalance has been a specific area of focus globally as it relates to diversity on boards and senior management positions within organisations. During 2014/2015 JCRT held a series of workshops designed to help women advance in politics and business. The workshops highlighted the challenges faced by women in the workplace because of a lack of diversity across all sectors of industry.
It is commonly agreed, that the composition of businesses and boards should reflect the market in which they operate. There have been numerous studies confirming the premise that businesses and boards are more effective if recruitment is from the broadest pool of applicants. Gender diversity on boards and throughout senior management nurtures diversity of thinking which enhances the decision making process and promotes stronger leadership. The strongest and most successful businesses are those which embrace and support diversity. Companies which actively promote programmes supporting gender equality achieve better financial performance than their peers (Catalyst 2004).
The major industry in Jersey is finance which is inherently risky because of high transaction volumes, complex structures and high value commercial activities. Aaron Dhir of Yale Law School interviewed a number of Directors and reported in “The Atlantic” (May 2014) “that women were more likely than men to thoroughly deliberate and evaluate risks. Women, in their view, showed a greater propensity to monitor firm management. Many male directors thought that women’s status as outsiders to the corporate boardroom, and the male networks that constitute it, contributed to their independence and introduced new perspectives born of different experiences into the boardroom”. This is a powerful argument for Jersey business to support the appointment of more women at board and senior management level to provide a counter-balance to the risk decisions which have to be taken in the financial services industry and to support good corporate governance at board level in all industries. It is interesting to note that 9 out of 10 Commissioners on the Financial Services Commission are male. (October 2015). The senior management of the Commission has 21 Directors of which 18 are male.
It is recommended that the States of Jersey set an aspirational gender equality target of 50% at senior levels across all States' Department and organisations in which they have an interest. The full report can be found on the "What We do Page" "Women and Leadership"
The Trustees welcome feedback on the Reports which are published.
We are seeking additional Trustees. Do you have knowledge of equality, diversity and inclusion?
The Jersey Community Relations Trust is currently seeking to appoint new Trustees to join the governing board of the Trust.
The Trust was established by the States of Jersey on 3rd September 2004, with the following aim:
"To seek to eliminate discrimination on any ground including, but not limited to, grounds of colour, race, nationality or ethnic or national origins, gender or sexual orientation, disability or age, by promoting good relations between all members of society, and seeking to achieve equality of treatment and opportunity within our community."
The current Trustees bring a wealth of knowledge to the Trust from different perspectives and experiences and help to develop and oversee the implementation of the Trust’s plans.
Applications are invited from persons who will work effectively with the existing Trustees and devote time and effort to the duties and responsibilities required of a Trustee. We envisage that people with leadership potential, strategic vision, an interest in minority groups and their needs, and an awareness of all forms of discrimination will be particularly interested in a Trustee role.
The Trustees meet every 4-6 weeks. The position of Trustee is a voluntary role.
If you are interested and have the time to dedicate to a Trustee role, please apply in writing stating your qualifications, any past experience, and the reason why you are interested in becoming a Trustee.
Applications should be submitted by email before the closing date of 10th June 2016 to the Executive Director at email@example.com or by post to P.O. Box 681, Jersey JE4 0NL
APPOINTMENT OF NEW CHAIR:
Advocate Helen Ruelle has been appointed as Chair of the Jersey Community Relations Trust for a four year term of office.
As Head of Mourant Ozannes' employment practice in Jersey Advocate Ruelle is well placed to advise and counsel on matters of discrimination and equality in the island. She has spoken and written extensively on the subject of the new discrimination laws and has been involved in consultations with local businesses to prepare organisations for the impact of the new legislation.
On her appointment to the position Helen commented: "I am delighted to have been appointed as Chair of the Community Relations Trust; I'm a firm believer in the work that the charity does and am passionate about equality and inclusion. I'm looking forward to continuing the excellent work of the trust in both raising awareness of the important work that the charity undertakes, and steering the group to new and exciting opportunities which will include working on achieving greater gender equality in the Jersey workplace and a review of the universal availability of good quality childcare. "The charity aims to achieve its mission through:
• Promoting legislative changes to enhance equality.
• Commissioning research in areas where discrimination arises and recommending measures to tackle issues highlighted.
• Encouraging and facilitating community partnerships which enhance social harmony.
• Public awareness and education initiatives on discrimination issues.
Closure of Anti-Bullying Counselling Service:
It is with regret that we announce the Anti-Bullying Counselling Service is closing with effect from the 4th November 2015. Existing Clients will receive counselling services until the 4th November but the service is not taking any new referrals with immediate effect.
For further information on support services please contact:
Citizens Advice Bureau : 0800 735 0249 www.cab.org.je
Samaritans: 725555 or 08457 909090 e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
The JCRT publishes the first ever report on equality in the Jersey education system.
The Trust commissioned Professor Tony Kelly from the University of Southampton to examine equality of opportunity and wellbeing in the Jersey school system. The report looks in particular at the experiences of pupils from low-income families, children with special educational needs and children for whom English is an additional language.
The full report by Professor Kelly along with the Trust's abridged version can be found on our What we Do Page - Education.
The Trustees welcome feedback from any interested parties - email email@example.com in the first instance.