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Job Opportunity with Community Savings

February 2023 – we currently have a vacancy at Community Savings. We are recruiting for a Fundraising & Communications Officer. This is a part-time role, involving 16 hours a week. For further details, please see our LinkedIn or Facebook pages: https://www.linkedin.com/company/community-savings-jersey/ AND https://www.facebook.com/communitysavingsjersey

February 2023 – we currently have a vacancy at Community Savings. We are recruiting for a Fundraising & Communications Officer. This is a part-time role, involving 16 hours a week. For further details, please see our LinkedIn or Facebook pages: https://www.linkedin.com/company/community-savings-jersey/ AND https://www.facebook.com/communitysavingsjersey

Feedback from our members

January 2023 – we have received the following feedback from two of our members: “Thank you for the information and thank you today for your kind and reassuring words, they really helped and I will be forever grateful to you. I felt so ashamed to ask for help, you dealt with my situation with such empathy […]

January 2023 – we have received the following feedback from two of our members:

“Thank you for the information and thank you today for your kind and reassuring words, they really helped and I will be forever grateful to you. I felt so ashamed to ask for help, you dealt with my situation with such empathy I really can’t thank you enough. 
I think the word needs more people like you. 
Thank you so much”.

“I just wanted to let you know that my son Sammy is doing fantastic with football. He is going for trials at Fulham FC this Sunday for 1 week ( it is an 8 week programme) so he will be going back and forth over the coming months. I just wanted to thank you for all of your support over the years, it would have been a real struggle without it so again thank you”.

Cost of living pressures

December 2022 – Community Savings are delighted to be taking part in the SOJ ‘Closer to Home’ event, focussing on cost of living and winter pressures. This is taking place next Thursday 8th December, 3pm – 6pm, at the Salvation Army, Minden Street, St Helier. It is free to attend, so come and find out […]

December 2022 – Community Savings are delighted to be taking part in the SOJ ‘Closer to Home’ event, focussing on cost of living and winter pressures. This is taking place next Thursday 8th December, 3pm – 6pm, at the Salvation Army, Minden Street, St Helier. It is free to attend, so come and find out more! For further details, visit: gov.je/closertohome

Job opportunities

November 2022 – we currently have 2 vacancies at Community Savings. We are recruiting for a MLCO/MLRO and for a Fundraising & Communications Officer. For further details, please see our LinkedIn or Facebook pages: https://www.linkedin.com/company/community-savings-jersey/ AND https://www.facebook.com/communitysavingsjersey

November 2022 – we currently have 2 vacancies at Community Savings. We are recruiting for a MLCO/MLRO and for a Fundraising & Communications Officer. For further details, please see our LinkedIn or Facebook pages: https://www.linkedin.com/company/community-savings-jersey/ AND https://www.facebook.com/communitysavingsjersey

A better financial future

November 2022 – Our TV ad is now live on our ‘Services’ page, under ‘Budgeting and Mentoring Advice’. The ad highlights the support we can provide in terms of budgeting advice and emergency funding, which may be especially relevant with the challenges faced during the current economic conditions

November 2022 –

Our TV ad is now live on our ‘Services’ page, under ‘Budgeting and Mentoring Advice’. The ad highlights the support we can provide in terms of budgeting advice and emergency funding, which may be especially relevant with the challenges faced during the current economic conditions

Working to promote financial inclusion in Jersey - Radio Advert

October 2022 – Listen to our radio advert! You can find it on our ‘Donations’ page

October 2022 –

Listen to our radio advert! You can find it on our ‘Donations’ page

Lee's story

Being the Managing Director of a successful company that helps businesses find skilled employees, you might be forgiven in thinking that Lee didn’t need much help to get where he is today. But it may surprise you to learn that when he set up GR8 in 2018, he was still one of our customers receiving […]

Being the Managing Director of a successful company that helps businesses find skilled employees, you might be forgiven in thinking that Lee didn’t need much help to get where he is today. But it may surprise you to learn that when he set up GR8 in 2018, he was still one of our customers receiving financial support.

“Getting me on back on track to where I am now, Community Savings made everything easier from providing an account to supporting me with practical budgeting guidance,” Lee says. “This might sound like a bit of a cliché, but with their help, I realised that it was ok to be not ok. We all go through bad times, so if you need help, ask for it.”

After a successful career in the armed forces and the police, Lee’s dreams of running a hospitality business ended when the business folded. A divorce, various bereavements, mounting debts and having relied on the business for his banking, he was unable to open a personal bank account, this led to a brief period of sofa surfing and relying on social security.

“Being in a dark place is bad and you don’t always want to reach out for support, for fear of stigma and what people would think of me.  I felt like a third-class citizen and considered myself a failure.”

At this point nearing rock bottom, he addressed his issues and sought support through a counsellor and reignited his drive that had all but gone, and then a great opportunity arose.

Lee continued, “I applied for a job with the Government, supporting young people through Advance to Work. But I needed a bank account and every bank in Jersey said no because I had a bad credit history and petty debts claims against the business and in turn me, I was in a bad place.”

Having heard about Community Savings, Lee came in to see us despite feeling embarrassed about using our services. As he began to feel more at ease about the help we were able to provide, he began to rebuild his life. Without being able to open an account with us, his story might have been very different.

Lee says, “It was one of those eureka moments. I decided life was going to change and I got involved in positive thinking and from there I went upwards and upwards. I only closed my Community Savings account two years ago. It was a sad day because I’d had an account for years and every Christmas I would go in with a big bag of cakes or chocolates to say thank you to the team. The staff were so friendly and supportive during the dark times. They made it very easy for me.”

Media Release - Appointment of new Ambassador

19th October 2022 – The Managing Director of Jersey-based recruitment company has revealed how Community Savings helped him turn his life around and go on to set up the business he now runs. Lee Madden, Managing Director of GR8, the Channel Islands’ leading blue-collar employment specialist, was homeless, depressed and in debt but wants to […]

19th October 2022 – The Managing Director of Jersey-based recruitment company has revealed how Community Savings helped him turn his life around and go on to set up the business he now runs.

Lee Madden, Managing Director of GR8, the Channel Islands’ leading blue-collar employment specialist, was homeless, depressed and in debt but wants to tell his story so that others in a similar position seek the help that’s available.

Community Savings has appointed Mr Madden as an Ambassador of the charity.

Steve Eldred, Managing Director of Community Savings, said: “We are delighted that Lee has agreed to be one of our ambassadors. Lee’s story will strike a chord with many islanders who have gone through challenging times but have managed to turn their lives around with support. We hope that this will show others that it is ok to ask for help, particularly in the current economic crises, and that Community Savings is here to help people when they need it the most.”

Lee added: “I didn’t know about Community Savings until I had hit rock bottom and had nowhere else to turn. A friend told me about their services, and I stayed with them for years, even when I was setting up this business. Without their support, even if it was just being able to have a friendly chat with their staff, I don’t know what I would have done.”

As an Ambassador, Lee is sharing his story with the hope that others will come forward to seek help.

“Not long after I went to see them, I realised that I was not alone, and it was ok not to be ok. I hope that this will help people take that difficult first step and reach out to an organisation like Community Savings. I was sofa surfing, I had huge debts and I couldn’t get a bank account, but little by little, with their help, I managed to get my life back on track. You should never be scared about asking for help. Even when you are in your worst place things can get better, and you can achieve your goals. In my case, I pulled through thanks to their help.”

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