THE HISTORY OF THE JERSEY CLUB
Our Club was chartered in 1950 and has been active in many areas locally since its inception. We own a house in St. Helier which was originally used to provide bedsit accommodation for elderly ladies but since there is no longer a need for this type of accommodation, the property is now rented out as office space to various local charitable organisations.
It was through pressure brought about by our Club that awareness of the need for educating mentally handicapped children in Jersey was recognised and this led to the foundation of Mont á l’Abbé School.
We also campaigned to prove the need for a Women’s Refuge and this was finally opened in October, 1988 and has helped many thousands of women and children in the last 23 years. Indeed, our Honorary Member, Rozelle Sutherland is currently Chairman of the Management Committee and has been involved in the day to day running of the Refuge since its inception. In 2011 she was rightly acknowledged for all her work by receiving an MBE in the Queen’s New Year Honours’ list.
The Jersey Association of Carers Incorporated was founded in 1994 by our Club and provides a forum to represent the issue of carers of all ages. Its current Chairman and Vice Chairman, Dr. Margaret Bayes and Madeliene Todd are both long standing Soroptimists.
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