All money we raise is used locally to directly fund youth work and to develop specific targeted projects including supporting young carers and the young LGBT community
We work in partnership with the States of Jersey Youth Service to develop an LGBTQ Youth Project similar to those that can be found in other areas of the UK. With your support we can grow this service and support more young people.
We work in partnership with the Jersey Youth Service to provide help, support, advice and somewhere to meet for young carers under 18 who provide care, assistance and support to others.
Events and functions to be announced at a later date.
A new local charity called Jersey Support Youth Charitable Trust has been
set up to help the Jersey Youth Service to provide more opportunities for vulnerable and at risk
young people in the island.
While the outside world will think Jersey is a rich place to live and work, it does have the same issues as any other locations and young people facing the same life issues.
All money raised by the new charity will be used locally to directly fund additional face to face work with young people with current priority projects being work with young carers and “LGBTQ Youth Jersey” as there is currently very limited support for these young people.
The Charity will be providing the necessary funds to develop service to vulnerable and at risk children and young people through the work of the Youth Service and there are other areas that we wish to look at such as developing young carers further, support to young people involved with drugs or alcohol issues, support to Transgender young people, young people involved with Child Sexual Exploitation, lacking in confidence and self-esteem, homeless, battling mental health problems, may have become caught up in the criminal justice system or lost hope for the future after a long stretch of unemployment. Funds could be used for either staffing or to purchase resources to develop new areas of support to young people.
We want to make a difference and give the young people of Jersey the very best start in life and when life gets that bit difficult be there to provide the appropriate support when needed and not be on a waiting list!
The value of the youth work approach is that it is all based on positive voluntary relationships with youth work staff, which means young people, want to engage which maximizes the impact of work undertaken.
The chair of the new charity is entrepreneur Jonathan Ruff who owns the Tamba Park attractions. He said: “Jersey already has an excellent Youth Service and the charity and I want to support them further to develop even more services for our young people.
“We have already started working with the Youth Service team and have some projects in mind and some fund-raising ideas planned for 2017. All the money we raise will be exclusively for local young people in the Island and that’s what makes this such an important and worthwhile charity.”
Principal Youth Officer Mark Capern said: “This is a very exciting time for the service and being able to secure additional funds, means we can develop new and different support services to young people and be able to respond rapidly to the needs of individuals and groups of young people and provide the correct level of support they need to stop them either becoming victims, putting themselves further at risk or seeing a decay in the emotional health and well-being. It is great to be working with Jonathan and his team who bring a fresh, dynamic and business approach delivering resources and services for young people.”
Coming from a less than privileged back ground, Jonathan left school with zero qualifications. At 16 years old he started his own business which was a market stall in Preston, Lancashire. By the time he turned 21, he became one of the UK’s top independent eBay retailers specialising in mobile phone accessories. Following this Jonathan created a wholesale business, as well as importing and selling cars from Japan. Jonathan then moved back into the online world creating several online retail businesses, particularly noteworthy, is Memory Bits which Jonathan started from scratch and sold on once he had made it Europe's leading memory supplier. And more recently, LEDHut, that once again Jonathan set up from scratch and developed into the world market leader in the LED retail sector up until its sale.
Jonathan has hung up his online boots for now! He currently has a growing property development company and is known in Jersey for bringing entertainment to the Island’s young people through Tamba Park, Arcade and Bar and he plans to keep expanding the Tamba brand focusing on youth entertainment in Jersey.
Jonathan also set up a feeding program 5 years ago called Ruffs Kitchen’s that provides food for starving and vulnerable children at schools in Zimbabwe. The feeding program currently feeds 5000 children every day.
The charity will no doubt benefit from Jonathan’s tenaciousness and he will use his immense abilities to raise the profile of the charity and the plight of the Island’s youth.
Jan began her career working as a legal assistant for a prominent Jersey lawyer working on one of the longest running trust litigation cases to be dealt with by the Jersey courts.
In 1990 Jan became a co-founder of a fiduciary business and provided professional trustee and corporate services up until 2015 when she decided on a radical career change by starting up a media and production business. Jan holds a Certificate in Offshore Administration and the Society of Trust Estate and Practitioners Diploma in International Trust Management.
Throughout her career Jan encouraged her international clients to consider local charities as beneficiaries of their trusts and also raised awareness of this opportunity to her peers within the financial sector. During the last two years of her fiduciary career, Jan was instrumental in raising almost £500.000 for local charities.
Jan will draw on her skills to assist with fund raising and awareness of the charity.
Laura has worked in the trust industry since 2005 following her graduation from Oxford Brookes University where she achieved aBachelor’s Degree in English Studies and History. Since that time, Laura has continued her further education and holds a Certificate in Offshore Administration and also a Society of Trust Estate and Practitioners Diploma in International Trust Management and Advanced Certificate in Trust Disputes both with distinction.
Notably in 2016, Laura received a First Class Honours Bachelor of Laws Degree from Nottingham Trent University studying long distance whilst holding down a demanding job.
Laura is currently a Manager for an international trust company specialising in the management of complex structures including family trusts, multi-level and international structures, private and charitable foundations.
The vast knowledge and expertise held by Laura as well as her energy as the youngest trustee will be a definite asset to the charity and its board of trustees.
Since 2011 Mark Capern has been the Principal Youth Officer for the Jersey Youth Service with responsibility for all operational and strategic development of the service.
Mark has been involved with the Jersey Youth Service for over 25 years. He started as a young worker at the age of 15 and then went on to become an adult volunteer, which he did for 10 years working 3 nights a week. Mark has worked with many young people, either in the community, Prison, or local secondary schools.
In 2000 Mark successfully completed is Youth Work Degree through a long distance learning programme with YMCA George Williams College.
Drawing on his experience, Mark along side his colleagues will strategically identify projects that require extra support of the charity.
Bradley started youth work at fifteen years of age as a young worker at St Peters Youth Club. This introduction and experience provided him with the inspiration and motivation to become a full time Youth Worker and pursue a career in Youth work.
At twenty two years of age Bradley went to study Youth Work at the College of Mark & St John Plymouth where he successfully attained his professional qualifications. Returning to the Island in 2005, Bradley became a Senior Youth Worker at St Peters Youth Project, progressing to St Brelade Youth Project in 2012 where he achieved his CMI Modern Managers Qualification and became a team leader overseeing a number of the Island Youth Projects. In 2015 he became Deputy Youth Officer, taking a lead role on youth work operations for the service, with his main focus being to look after the health, safety and welfare of all young people accessing the service. He also ensures quality across the Islands Youth Projects by managing standards for the service.
Bradley will be working within the Project and the fundraising teams to help identify and fund opportunities to meet the needs of young people living in Jersey.