Mission Statement

Caritas aims to establish a residential community which welcomes, supports and nourishes young people in difficulty, in the youth justice system, in distress or need, working with the land to grow self-esteem and change lifestyles.

Who We Are

The Caritas Community Charitable Trust was founded by Rev Richard Bellinger in 2007 and is a Church of England Deanery initiative. The market kitchen is managed by Richard and his colleague, Sandra Crittel, as well as a number of volunteers.

Barren Landscape

Many young adults in Guernsey are experiencing a barren landscape: unemployment, poor education, family breakdown, drugs and alcohol abuse, homelessness, mental health problems, low self-esteem, eating disorders and self harm. It is indeed a bleak scene. But as with all barren landscapes there is the possibility for cultivation and growth.

The Charity

The Caritas Community LBG is a Guernsey Deanery initiative and is a local registered charity. The aim of Caritas is to establish a residential community which welcomes, supports and nourishes young adults in difficulty, in the criminal justice system, in distress or need, working with the land to grow self-esteem and change lifestyles. To date Caritas has invested time in building relationships with individuals in need as well as other charities, agencies and government departments working with young adults while searching for a suitable property for the residential community.

What Next?

And what about the future? We have renewed our search for a suitable property to develop into our residential community. We will begin a fund-raising campaign ASAP in order to raise about £1 million to £1.5 million to purchase and develop it. The residential community will welcome young adults in need who would benefit from a structured, simple, and caring environment. We will be working on the land, growing crops, working with animals, learning new skills and learning how to live together creatively. Each resident will have a personal development plan to help them back into society.

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