An Unforgettable Evening: Fundraiser with Ching-He Huang MBE at The Royal Yacht

We are thrilled to announce the resounding success of our recent fundraiser held at The Royal Yacht, featuring the incredible culinary talents of Ching-He Huang MBE. This memorable event, attended by over 200 guests, took place on Thursday night and showcased a spectacular six-course Chinese banquet prepared by Ching herself. The evening was not just a culinary delight but also a powerful platform for sharing stories and raising awareness about financial hardship.

Ching-He Huang, a familiar face from BBC’s Saturday Kitchen and a best-selling author, captivated the audience with her personal story of overcoming financial struggles. She emphasised the critical role of Community Savings in helping individuals avoid financial hardship, a cause that deeply resonates with her.

Steven Hunt, Fundraising Chairman at Community Savings, expressed profound gratitude for the overwhelming support. “This event is poised to raise as much as 10% of our annual turnover, which will have a significant impact on our ability to serve the community,” he noted.

Thank You to Our Sponsors and Supporters

The success of the evening would not have been possible without the incredible generosity of our sponsors, supporters, raffle ticket buyers, and auction bidders. Your contributions are vital in enabling us to continue our mission of supporting those facing financial difficulties in our community.

We extend our heartfelt thanks to everyone who played a part in making this fundraiser a triumph. Your support has made a substantial impact, and your generosity is making a real difference in our community.

Relive the Magic

For those who joined us and for those who couldn’t make it, we invite you to relive the magic of this unforgettable evening. Check out the photos and highlights from the event to see the joy and community spirit that filled the room.

Once again, thank you to Ching-He Huang for using her culinary talents to support our mission, and to everyone who attended and contributed. Your support is invaluable, and together, we are making a positive impact in our community.

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Renowned TV Chef Ching-He Huang to Host Sumptuous Chinese Banquet in Jersey

Community Savings, a Jersey-based charity aiding individuals facing financial hardship, is thrilled to announce the upcoming visit of Ching-He Huang MBE, acclaimed international celebrity chef and bestselling author.

Ching-He Huang will be presenting a lavish Chinese banquet dinner at the Royal Yacht Hotel, on Thursday, 16th May, 2024.

Recognised globally as a champion of Chinese cuisine, Ching-He’s culinary journey spans from her roots in Taiwan to her upbringing in South Africa and the UK. With television programmes like “Ching’s Kitchen” and “Ching Food Made Easy”, reaching millions of viewers worldwide, she has become a household name. Notably, she has been nominated for an Emmy and has authored ten bestselling cookbooks, including “Chinese Food Made Easy” and “Wok On.”

In addition to her culinary achievements, Ching-He is known for her humanitarian efforts, embracing storytelling and sharing meals as a way to connect people. In 2021 she launched an online masterclass focused on Vegan Chinese cuisine.

Expressing his excitement about Ching-He’s visit, Steven Hunt, organiser and fundraising chairman for the charity, remarked, “We are delighted to host an esteemed chef in Jersey to support our charity and offer local people an opportunity to savour exquisite cuisine without leaving the island.”

Ching-He Huang has curated an extensive menu featuring locally sourced ingredients, and will personally introduce each course, sharing insights into her culinary selections. Ahead of the event, she will collaborate with chef Inaka Weerasinghe and his team at the Royal Yacht Hotel.

The evening promises a delightful experience, complete with a champagne reception, traditional Chinese entertainment, raffle, and auction. Proceeds from ticket sales, priced at £175 per head, will bolster Community Savings’ efforts to assist individuals facing financial uncertainty.

Community Savings charity is grateful to sponsors: Equiom, Andrew and Fiona Tyrer: Neil and Susan Blair; Mrs Anon.

To secure your ticket, please contact

First Course: Prosperity Toss Noodle Salad
Second Course: Duck and Local Crab Spinach Dumplings in Sichuan Duck Broth
Third Course: Steamed Local Hand Dived Black Bean Scallops with Samphire Noodles
Fourth Course: Crispy Aromatic Duck and Pancakes with Hoisin Sauce
Fifth Main Course to Share: Local Lobster in Ginger Yellow Bean Spring Onion Noodles. Spicy Sweet Oyster Sauce Prawns with Pine Nuts. Steamed Local Seabass in Chilli Bean Sauce. Aromatic Beef in Hainan Spring Onion Salsa Verde. Char Siu Roast Pork with Honey
Sides: Ginger Pak Choy. Fried Vegetable Spring Rolls with Sweet Chilli Sauce. Crispy Shallot Jasmine Rice
Sixth Course Dessert: Vegan Mango Passionfruit Coconut Lime ‘Cheese’ Cake. Assorted Exotic Fresh Fruit Platter. Fortune Cookies. Petite Fours. Jasmine Tea, Teas/Coffees

🌱PLUS, for our vegan friends, relish in the delectable Vegan Menu! 🌱👩‍🍳

Vegan Menu
First Course: Smoked Tofu Prosperity Toss Noodle Salad
Second Course: Smoked Tofu Spinach Dumplings in Mushroom Broth
Third Course: Seared King Trumpet Mushroom on Samphire Noodles in Black Bean Sauce
Fourth Course: Five Spice Roasted Assorted Oyster and Shimeji Mushroom Pancakes with Hoisin Sauce
Fifth Main Course: Sweet Chilli Tofu with Water Chestnuts. Cantonese Black Bean Tofu. Buddha’s Chow Mein. Sichuan Smacked Garlic Cucumber Salad. Crispy Enoki with Hoisin
Sides: Ginger Pak Choy. Vegetable Spring Rolls with Sweet Chilli Sauce. Crispy Shallot Jasmine Rice
Sixth Course Dessert: Vegan Mango Passionfruit Coconut Lime ‘Cheese’ Cake. Assorted Exotic Fresh Fruit Platter. Fortune Cookies. Vegan Petite Fours. Jasmine Tea, Teas/Coffees

Empowering Members with the Launch of a ‘Toolkit for Managing Your Finances’ and ‘Budget Planner’

Community Savings, the island’s only financial services charity committed to the well-being and prosperity of its members and wider community, is excited to announce the development and launch of a financial management tool. Our new guide ‘Toolkit for Managing Your Finances’ incorporating a ‘Budget Planner’, is designed to assist not only our valued Members but anyone striving to take control of their finances and achieve their financial goals.

In a world where managing our basic finances can be overwhelming and we are having to meet the challenges of the prevailing cost of living crises, Community Savings recognises the need for accessible and user-friendly tools that empower individuals to make informed financial decisions. The ‘Budget Planner’ is a comprehensive solution, offering a simple yet effective interface to track income, expenses, and savings.

Key features of the Community Savings Budget Planner include:

User-Friendly Interface: The budget planner is designed with simplicity in mind, ensuring ease of use for individuals at any level of financial expertise.

Insightful Tracking: Gain valuable insights into spending habits, identify areas for potential savings, and make informed decisions about your financial well-being.

Goal-Oriented Planning: Whether your objective is debt repayment, building an emergency fund, or investing for the future, the planner provides the necessary tools to stay on track and motivated.

To get started on your journey toward financial freedom and stability, simply gather your financial paperwork and refer to our online ‘Budget Planner’ at  If you need any guidance in relation to budgeting or would like to speak to us about the support we can provide, our team are ready to assist. Contact us at 01534 737555 or email

Stephen Reilly, CEO at Community Savings, commented: “Skillfully navigating your finances is fundamental to your overall well-being and future financial prosperity. Whether you’re embarking on the journey to financial independence or seeking to enhance your existing financial situation, a solid grasp of effective money management is essential.”

Community Savings is committed to paving the way for a brighter financial future for all. Download our ‘Toolkit for Managing Your Finances’ at and embark on a journey toward financial empowerment today.

Appointment of Stephen Reilly as New CEO

Community Savings, a leading charity in Jersey dedicated to promoting financial inclusion, is delighted to announce the appointment of Stephen Reilly as its new Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Reilly brings over 15 years of executive and board-level experience, with a proven track record of leadership in complex and large-scale financial services organisations.

Mr Reilly’s most recent role was as Head of Integration with a local trust and corporate services provider. His extensive background includes serving as Chief Operating Officer at a facilities management organisation and Managing Director, Head of Corporate Banking & Financial Markets at a prominent international bank.

Stephen Reilly is known for his capabilities in managing change and transformation of complex businesses. His core skills include leadership, change and transformation, client focus, strategy, stakeholder management, risk and regulatory relationship management, product knowledge, stamina, and delivery.

Regarding his new role as CEO at Community Savings, Stephen Reilly expressed his enthusiasm, stating, “I am delighted to be joining Community Savings and contributing to its mission of promoting financial inclusion in Jersey. I am eager to work with the team to provide essential services, guidance, and assistance to those most in need, ultimately helping individuals access mainstream banking services.”

The Chairman of Community Savings welcomed Mr. Reilly to the organisation, stating, “We are thrilled to have Stephen Reilly join Community Savings as our new CEO. His wealth of experience and proven leadership skills make him the ideal candidate to lead our organisation into the next phase of growth. We look forward to working closely with Stephen to further our mission of promoting financial inclusion in Jersey and supporting those facing financial challenges.”

Community Savings, established as a charity in 1997, aims to promote financial inclusion in Jersey by providing essential services, guidance, and practical assistance to those facing financial challenges. The organisation’s mission is to assist financially excluded islanders by offering access to basic account services, budgeting guidance, and emergency financial support.

The Board of Community Savings is confident that Stephen Reilly’s leadership and extensive experience will contribute significantly to the organisation’s ongoing success and impact in the community.


We are looking to increase our team!

Are you enthusiastic and caring and have some experience of financial services?  If so, we are looking for new volunteers to support the charity’s marketing strategy.

Volunteers will assist the Fundraising and Communications Manager by providing support for our marketing initiatives, event organising and fundraising activities.

We operate 4 mornings a week, Tuesday to Friday, and we are looking for someone that can give a minimum of one morning per week, preferably on a Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday.

Applicants should be committed, non-judgemental and professional with good communication skills and possessing a desire for joining our friendly and passionate team. Whilst marketing experience is not essential, a familiarity with social media would be beneficial.

Should you be interested in this volunteer role, please contact Claire Bradbury with your CV at  or call 737555. 

Celebrating 20 Years of Dedication: A Remarkable Volunteer’s Journey with Community Savings

In the vast tapestry of community service, there are those whose dedication shines brightly, casting a warm and lasting glow over the lives of others. This is the story of one such individual, who, for two decades, served at Community Savings, leaving his mark on the charity and the lives it touched. As we celebrate the retirement of Richard Dorey, we reflect on a journey marked by commitment, compassion, and a profound sense of purpose.

For twenty years, Richard, whose journey began as a Chartered Surveyor, transitioned to become a Chartered Secretary and embarked on a voyage with Community Savings. It all started in the most unassuming of ways, a chance encounter and a request that would set the stage for two decades of tireless dedication. When a director of Community Savings found herself in need of a successor, our volunteer stepped up, attended a board meeting, and accepted the role.

At the start, the commitment demanded that board meetings be squeezed into flexible lunch hours, with evening hours reserved for minute-taking. Richard’s background as a Chartered Secretary proved invaluable. Balancing these obligations alongside contract work in a trust company, where accommodating lunchtime schedules were generously permitted, it was a juggling act that set the tone for years of selfless dedication.

Over the years, the journey led from the humble beginnings on Conway Street to the halls of the Town Hall and eventually to the current offices at Commercial Street. Each move, no matter how challenging, was embraced with enthusiasm, demonstrating a deep-seated commitment to the growth and prosperity of Community Savings.

The significance of Richard’s contribution cannot be measured in numbers alone, but a glance at the financial impact is awe-inspiring. Over two decades, Richard’s voluntary service equates to a substantial financial contribution, almost half a million pounds. Yet, the true value of this service extends far beyond monetary figures.

The heart of any charitable organisation lies in the stories of transformation and empowerment it weaves. Richard has witnessed firsthand the positive impact of Community Savings on individuals, like the individual who once released from prison, faced financial hardship and found a lifeline in Community Savings. With Richard’s guidance, this individual secured financial stability, and the promise of a brighter future. These are the stories that illuminate the path of community service, making it all the more meaningful.

However, what truly sets this Richard apart is his unwavering dedication to the staff and the shared passion for helping others. In an office setting, colleagues may be pleasant to work with, but when shared passion unites, a unique camaraderie emerges, transcending the confines of a conventional workplace. It is this sense of purpose that has fostered collaboration with remarkable individuals, creating an environment of shared values and aspirations.

Community Savings is no ordinary organisation; it operates as a charity on the fringes of the financial world, navigating a complex web of regulations and requirements. As Company Secretary, Richard embraced the challenges, meeting the expectations of an array of regulatory bodies.

Richard helped steer Community Savings, through at times, unchartered territory. The role of Company Secretary was never mundane; it was a dynamic role filled with purpose and responsibility, a role undertaken with passion.

One of the crowning moments of this incredible journey was when Community Savings received the Queen’s Award for Charities, a prestigious accolade that recognises exceptional contributions in the charitable sector.  Richard had the privilege of attending a garden party at Buckingham Palace as part of a small delegation, witnessing the Queen up close and engaging with other attending members of the royal family. It was a moment that encapsulated the significance of the work done by the charity.

As we celebrate Richard’s retirement we salute the dedication, compassion, and unwavering commitment that has defined two decades of service to Community Savings. Richard’s journey serves as an inspiring reminder that individual actions can make a profound difference in the lives of others and the community at large. This retirement marks the end of a chapter, but the legacy of his service will continue to shine as a beacon of hope and inspiration for all.

The Shifting Landscape of Payment Methods

In an era dominated by digital transformation and the proliferation of contactless payment options, it might come as a surprise that cash payments are making a resurgence. Recent reports indicate a significant shift in consumer preferences and payment habits, with cash payments experiencing a rise in popularity. In this article, we will explore the evolving landscape of payment methods, highlighting the resurgence of cash payments and the continued prominence of debit cards.

Cash Payments on the Rise

As the world becomes increasingly cashless, it is noteworthy that cash payments are on the rise. According to recent data, a growing number of people are opting for cash as a means to manage their budgets effectively and maintain financial discipline. The resurgence of cash payments can be attributed to several key factors.

Firstly, some individuals find it easier to manage their spending when using physical cash. With cash in hand, it’s easier to gauge how much money is being spent and how much remains, making it a practical tool for budgeting. This tactile approach to finance is particularly appealing to those who prefer a tangible connection to their money.

Secondly, concerns about privacy and data security have prompted some consumers to revisit cash as a viable payment option. In an age where digital transactions can leave behind comprehensive digital trails, cash transactions present a sense of security that resonates with individuals concerned about data security risks.

Additionally, cash is universally accepted and requires no special equipment or technology to use. This makes it accessible to a wide range of individuals, including those who may not have access to digital payment methods or those who prefer not to use them.

Debit Cards Maintain Their Dominance

While cash payments are experiencing a revival, debit cards continue to dominate the payment landscape. Recent statistics show that approximately half of all payments in the country are made using debit cards. This enduring popularity can be attributed to several factors.

First and foremost, debit cards offer convenience and versatility. They can be used for in-person and online transactions, providing a seamless payment experience. The widespread acceptance of debit cards by retailers and businesses further contributes to their popularity.

Moreover, debit cards are closely integrated with banking services, allowing users to monitor their transactions easily, track spending, and manage their finances digitally. This level of control appeals to individuals seeking a modern, technology-driven approach to money management.

The contactless feature of debit cards has also played a significant role in their continued prominence. Contactless payments have become the preferred method for many due to their speed and ease of use. As the contactless payment limit has increased over the years, more transactions can be completed without the need for a PIN, further enhancing the convenience of debit cards.


The evolving landscape of payment methods reflects the diverse preferences and needs of consumers. While digital payment options continue to advance, cash payments are experiencing a resurgence driven by individuals seeking effective budget management, privacy, and accessibility.

Debit cards, on the other hand, maintain their dominance due to their convenience, versatility, and integration with modern banking services. Their contactless capabilities have also contributed to their popularity, making them a preferred choice for many.

As the payment landscape continues to evolve, it is essential for financial institutions, businesses, and policymakers to adapt to these changing consumer preferences. Striking a balance between traditional payment methods like cash and the convenience of digital options will be crucial to meeting the diverse needs of the population in the years to come.

Additionally, it is imperative that we emphasise the significance of retaining a cash system, especially for individuals who rely on cash payments. As the saying goes, “Cash is king,” and this age-old payment method continues to play a vital role in ensuring financial accessibility for a diverse range of people. We must remain committed to this cause to prevent disenfranchisement and uphold the principles of accessibility, thereby fostering an inclusive financial ecosystem that accommodates the needs of all individuals.

Community Savings and Accomplish Join Forces to Empower Financial Inclusion

Community Savings, a charitable organisation dedicated to helping individuals experiencing financial difficulties, has partnered with Accomplish, a leading fintech solutions provider, to launch a card product that promotes financial inclusivity and accessibility. This initiative was facilitated through the introduction of Digital Jersey, a key enabler in the collaboration between the two organisations.

Community Savings’ mission to foster financial inclusion aligns seamlessly with Accomplish’s expertise in crafting innovative financial solutions. Together, they have unveiled a bespoke card product that empowers those who would otherwise be excluded from obtaining a traditional bank account.

As part of its commitment to the local community, Community Savings provides essential services such as budgeting advice, financial mentoring, and emergency funding through loans and grants. The organisation’s Managing Director, Steve Eldred, commented on the partnership, stating, “We are thrilled to embark on this collaboration with Accomplish and to have successfully devised a transformative solution tailored to the needs of our valued members who seek the ease of access offered by the Community Savings card. Accomplish has truly demonstrated their prowess as ideal partners, seamlessly aligning their card service with our fundamental basic account offering. Through this synergy, our customers have not only regained a sense of financial equilibrium but have also reclaimed the sense of normalcy that is often taken for granted. This partnership exemplifies our dedication to empowering individuals to surmount financial challenges and underscores the immense positive impact that can be achieved through strategic cooperation.”

Accomplish’s CEO, Paul Smith, echoed the sentiment, highlighting the collaboration’s significance: “Accomplish is proud to support Community Savings and its customers by offering a bespoke card product that enables Community Savings to further its valuable work in providing financial inclusivity and accessibility services to the local community. Working with Mastercard and Digital Jersey, the States and the JFSC, and our effective collaboration with the fantastic team at Community Savings, enabled us to design, set up and deploy this card programme in just a few weeks, ensuring that customers of Community Savings can enjoy the use of a Mastercard for their everyday spending needs.”

This innovative solution emerged as a response to the unexpected withdrawal of services from an existing card provider, underscoring Accomplish’s agility and commitment to swiftly address critical financial challenges. The speed-to-market demonstrated by Accomplish showcases their dedication to meeting the evolving needs of their partners and customers.

Digital Jersey’s existing MoU with Mastercard meant they were quickly able to identify Accomplish, whose product runs on the Mastercard payment rails, as a suitable new partner for the scheme, and to facilitate an introduction to Community Savings. This connection has paved the way for a successful partnership, delivering a truly first class solution and providing valuable support for over 350 Community Savings customers.

The collaboration between Community Savings and Accomplish embodies the power of innovative thinking, strategic collaboration, and a shared commitment to fostering financial inclusion. Through this partnership, both organisations aim to empower individuals, restore financial stability, and create a brighter future for the local community.

Inaugural Charity Golf Day

Join us for our inaugural charity golf day on Wednesday 4th October at Les Ormes Golf Club.

£125 per person to include lunch, or £75 per person if you would like to join us for lunch only.

44 Players. 18 Holes.

Fundraising Raffle & Auction.

Contact Paul Brookes at for further information or to reserve your place.

We would love to see you there!

Media Release – Appointment of Money Laundering Compliance Officer, Mandy Le Flohic, and Fundraising & Communications Manager, Claire Bradbury

With a background of 22 years in Compliance within the finance industry, Mandy recently joined Community Savings as the Money Laundering Compliance Officer. Her Compliance experience has covered Private Banking, Investment, Trust Company, and Fund Services Businesses, mainly specialising in Anti-Money Laundering/Countering Financial Crime.

Shortly after, Claire joined the team on a part-time basis having previously ran an event management business and is now running a business in health and well-being when she isn’t working for the charity.  She brings with her a wealth of experience in event management, marketing and business development.

Steve Eldred, Managing Director of Community Savings, commented: “We are delighted to welcome both Mandy & Claire to the team and are confident that the charity will benefit significantly from the extensive experience and expertise that they both bring to their individual roles.

Mandy’s role is central to what we do here at Community Savings.  She will assist the Board in ensuring that the organisation fulfils its anti-money laundering regulatory obligations and is kept up to date with regulatory developments.

Like any charitable organisation, our operations depend greatly on the kindness and support of individuals and businesses.  Their generosity enables us to sustain our services for Jersey residents facing financial challenges.  Claire’s addition to our team is invaluable.  Not only will she contribute to achieving our fundraising goals, but she will also establish connections with external parties, ensuring their awareness of our services.  This way, they can effectively relay this crucial information to any Islanders who may require our assistance.”

Mandy commented: “It’s a pleasure to work for the charity to ensure we are upholding, implementing and complying with all anti-money laundering policies, procedures and regulations.”

Claire said: “I am delighted to be a part of the team at Community Savings, and to work on developing the awareness of the charity which provides such an essential service to our community in Jersey.”