The link between government and charities in
Jersey is becoming ever more complex and worrying.
We all know what happened to CHRISTIAN AID when it spoke out against some aspects of the Finance industry (see the blog here on 25 April) yet we also know that Honorary Service is supposed to be at the very foundation of
On the one hand we have people being apparently demonised for doing charitable works whilst at the other end they are applauded and honoured with medals.
So just what has gone wrong with Silkworth Lodge Charity Group and its relationship with Jersey Government?
Nobody seems to know.
Here we offer an interview with Jason Wyse the COE of Silkworth who was previously employed in the Finance Industry. He is mystified too.
Likewise, it is puzzling that “Roseneath” – another Charitable and residential facility – was closed down just before Xmas last year with all staff and up to 30 residents being expelled at remarkably short notice.
Once again the axe fell when the Health Department removed its funding and the charity had to return funds already donated by a local bank.
Silkworth too has had to return funds given by the same and another bank for the creation of an in-house “detox unit.”
Clearly Silkworth cannot carry on with its good and essential works without an assured income so such actions by the
Jersey government are doubly confusing and frustrating.
Ironically too, the Silkworth management had expressed an interest in taking over the Roseneath premises soon after they closed last year and had entered into discussions with the Health Department.
Yet it now seems that a Ministerial Decision was made by the Treasury months ago to secure Roseneath under States control, through the Health Department and its acquisition by Property Services was completed long ago, with an agreed payment of £100,000 of public money!
Something very fishy going on we think - but look at Silkworth’s own web-site for more details of their work and try to make some sense of all this
Notably, our 51 Elected States’ Representatives are keeping remarkably silent except for Constable Dan Murphy from Grouville who is a Trustee of Silkworth and hopping mad.
So what does this say about Electoral Reform proposals to put the Constables out to grass????
We have tried to contact Deputy Roy Le Herissier (he sat on the board at Roseneath a
and is quoted in the JEP as welcoming the Health/Property Services deal) – but he is away from
Jersey on holiday…
Would any other States Member be prepared to give us an interview on this strange and very worrying matter?