Sure supports the Ron Short Centre, Kiri takes the spotlight

The Sure Community Foundation has donated £5,000 to the Ron Short Centre in support of its social enterprise programme. One member, Kiri Knight, is even taking to radio airways with the help of two well-known local journalists.

The social enterprise programme is designed to help ensure that all islanders with physical or sensory disabilities have access to the dignity of meaningful work. Our contribution is funding essential new equipment that enables members with disabilities to accomplish tasks on a more equal level to non-disabled people. For example, our donation has allowed The Ron Short Centre to purchase height-adjustable tables, making work accessible to wheelchair users and people with back problems.

One member has even been offered the unique opportunity to work as a radio DJ. Kiri Knight is blind and has long dreamed of working at a radio station. Thanks to the support of the Sure Community Foundation, this dream is becoming a reality. Following ongoing training by well-known Island FM journalist Jim Delbridge and former BBC Radio Guernsey presenter Kay Langlois, she has already been conducting her own interviews for the Centre’s forthcoming Disability Confidence Training programme, a new social enterprise.

Ron Short Centre Managing Director Rob Harnish said “we are extremely grateful to the Sure Community Foundation for helping us to help others.”

Lucienne De La Mare of the Community Foundation said “we are pleased to support the great work being done at The Ron Short Centre. 18% of the Guernsey population is disabled and they reflect an important, often underrepresented segment of our community.”

All proceeds raised by the programme will go back into The Ron Short Centre.