Month: August 2015

Freedom Picnic

Indoor PicnicFreedom PicnicOn Monday 24th August, Speak Out held Guernsey’s first Youth Pride event. The plan was to hold a “Freedom Picnic” in the sunken gardens in St Peter Port. Sadly the weather was against us So we moved to the HUB floor and managed to still have a lovely picnic.

Speak Out is a group run for LGBT+ young people on the island and is led by their needs and wants. When the group was talking about ideas of things they would like for the future they came up with the idea of a picnic. They said they wanted cookies and lemonade so that is what we had! We then came up with the idea that even though cookies can all be different, they are still all just cookies, so then being inspired by Stonewall we created the “some cookies ….” posters.

The young people enjoyed the day and we aim to make an annual event out of the Freedom Picnic and hope to see it grow as an event to promote Equality and celebrate the diversity of the islands.

West Show

Another year at The West Show has passed and although the weather wasn’t kind to us on Wednesday, we certainly made up for it on Thursday managing to speak to lots of people about what The HUB has to offer to children, young people and families in the Bailiwick.

The Lucky Dip, and Pick up Stick games were very popular, as were the activities our staff delivered based on their different areas of work.


If you are coming to the North Show next week, then please look out for our bright orange marquee and come say hello – you can’t miss us!!!

EPIC Challenges

You will remember last year, Warren and Philip took on the EPIC Challenge of running 7 marathons is 7 days raising huge funds for The HUB and charity This is EPIC.  Well this year, they’ve decided to up their game and are indivdiually running 48 hours on a treadmill in an attempt to break several world records!

Why you ask?  Well neither of them particularly love running … the simple reason is to change people’s lives for the better.  The HUB is just one of four amazing charities benefitting who support children, families and individuals every single day around the world.

Inspired?  Well they explain the purpose better than we ever can, visit

The HUB team are playing a very small role in running alongside them for just 4 or their 48 hours in the middle of the night and you can donate to our page at

The event takes place from Friday 4th – Sunday 6th September so head on town to Markey Square to show your support!

Exciting new job opportunity at Barnardo’s

In partnership with HSSD, we are delighted to be recruiting a part time Senior Project Worker to focus on young people at risk or experiencing Child Sexual Exploitation.  The first role of its kind on Guernsey, we are looking for a passionate individual who will be able to provide intensive support to young people as well as work with partner agencies in raising the profile of Child Sexual Exploitation.

To save costs, this role will not be advertised in the local media so please help us by forwarding this email to anyone you think may be interested.

For more information on the role and to apply, please visit:

Or contact Charlie Cox, Children’s Services Manager on 724421

The HUB welcomes SIBS UK to Guernsey

In July, thanks to the generous support of AON charitable funding, we were able to bring Sibs Uk over to deliver training to 11  staff and volunteers from Barnardos.

The Sibs training is developed to assist staff in how to deliver a group specifically designed for siblings of children with a disability. ‘Sibs’ is the only UK charity representing the needs of siblings of disabled people so we were really excited to benefit from their expertise on island.  At The HUB, we know that siblings need support and want to provide a safe, informative environment for them to come and have fun and be themselves.

Staff and volunteers thoroughly enjoyed the  training and came away feeling refreshed and motivated to provide support to this group.  Our plan is to launch our first siblings group in September this year with an ongoing social group to allow young people to develop friendships with peers in a similar situation to their own.

Check out their website for more information


Sunflower Under 12s Bereavement Group – July 2015

The Sunflower Project is run by Barnardo’s and based at The HUB.  The Sunflower Project supports children and young people who have experienced a bereavement or where there is a serious illness in their family.

Last week was our first bereavement group for under 12s and it was a huge success – read more about what the children got up to by clicking on the link below.

Under 12s Bereavement Group July 2015


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