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Seeds of kindness planted at Grow Limited                        Grow_opt

The team at Grow Ltd, Guernsey’s Rural Occupational Workshop (GROW), the first in the Channel Islands, founded by the Guernsey Society for the learning disabled (now Guernsey Mencap LBG) – had a surprise gift of a dozen bacon rolls to start the day in the last of Sure’s Random Acts of Kindness for 2014.

‘It was a wonderful surprise and we are very grateful to Sure for this extremely kind gesture – the lads loved them. The team at Grow does lots of hard work and it was great to see the smiles on their faces when the rolls turned up.’ said manager, Matthew Kerr.

During the six week campaign Sure were overwhelmed by the selflessness of islanders. There were many nominations for people to receive a cake, while dozens of islanders responded to a Facebook campaign asking how people would spend £20.  Whilst playing an active role in supporting the community within the islands they hoped to inspire others to do the same.

Grow Ltd is currently planning for two significant events on its calendar. On 16 April the Lieutenant Governor will open a new workshop for the sale of handmade planters and other horticultural products. In June, Grow Ltd, in conjunction with the GSPCA, will celebrate its 30th birthday with an open/ fun day at its St Sampson’s premises.

‘There will be lots of animals and fun for the children, it should be great family day out. If any companies would like to support us in any way to make this event as well attended and successful as possible I would love to hear from them,’ said Mr Kerr. The event will take place between 10am and 3pm on Saturday 21 June.

For more information or to discuss possible sponsorship please contact Matthew Kerr at

Grammar School speakers raise their voices           Youth Speaks-1_fmt             







A team of public speakers from Guernsey Grammar School will travel to the UK this coming weekend to compete in the District Finals of the Rotary Club of Great Britain Youth Speaks Competition.

The team of Helena De Carteret, Douglas Craig and Jordan Linton were the overall and senior team winners at this year’s Rotary Club of Guernsey Youth Speaks competition, sponsored by Mourant Ozannes and held at St James in January.

On Saturday the three students will be at the John Hanson Community School in Andover, Hampshire to test their skills against other Rotary Club group finalists from the District.

Jessica Roland, Guernsey Managing Partner, Mourant Ozannes, said, “We wish our Grammar School students the very best of luck this weekend. As Guernsey winners all of the judges were certainly impressed with their ability and skills and Mourant Ozannes are proud to support them through to the next level of the competition.”

If the Grammar School team win over the judges at District level, the Regional Finals await on the 26 April, with the National Final on 10 May in Maidstone, Kent.


OSA, popping up for Charitable Groups

The OSA Pop Up Shop was launched in Christmas 2012 to provide a use for some vacant ground floor shop space the company had in their possession on Smith Street. At the time the High Street was almost in danger of attracting a few tumbleweeds with many shops standing empty. So a concept was devised that would have the three-fold benefit of occupying an otherwise empty shop front, promoting the goodwill of OSA Recruitment, and helping local charities.

The shop was such a huge success that they decided to keep it going after Christmas, and now over a year into the project the shop continues to go from strength to strength. It has hosted a wide range of charities, activities and goods for up to a week at a time raising not only much needed funds but also awareness for all the different charitable groups.  Next time you’re passing be sure to stop by and see who is in residence.


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