Variety of Jersey is proud to host the 2016 Variety – the Children’s Charity International World Conference. June 26, 2015 10:52 PM

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Variety of Jersey is proud to host the 2016 Variety – the Children’s Charity International World Conference. Variety of Jersey, Variety International and the Conference Committee are working hard to make this an event to remember.

Jersey is a beautiful island, which has so much history and so many beautiful beaches. It is also very close to France (14 miles). In Jersey, there is something for everyone! We invite you to live by experiencing the many charms of Jersey, its rich history and heritage, to laugh with friends both old and new and to learn how 2016 will be a year of growth and success from guest speakers, educational sessions and from each other.

We look forward to seeing you at the 2016 Conference in the beautiful Island of Jersey, April 28th to May 1st.

Details regarding registration and hotel reservations coming soon.

To learn more about our host tent, Variety of Jersey please see highlights below.


Variety was first started in Jersey in 1968 by Sir Billy Butlin who resided in the Island. In the beginning it was run by wealthy businessmen and many large projects were accomplished such as the building of Maison Variety and the purchase of many Sunshine Coaches. Lady Butlin started a ladies branch, which is still going very strong to this day and is called the Ladies of Variety.

List of Achievements since 1968

1968 – 2014 Supplied 55 Sunshine Coaches to Schools, Youth Clubs & Organisations
1975 Built Maison Variety (Les Amis)
1984 Built Maufant Variety Youth Centre
1988 Acquired & Refurbished Oakwell Children’s Respite Home
1993 Built Hilgrove Variety Youth Centre
1994 Launched ‘Spirit of Variety’ Sailing Catamaran
1995 Launched ‘Spirit of Young Variety’ Fishing Boat
1996 Set up the ‘Toy Library’ at Mont a l’Abbe School
1997 Presented a Playbus to the Children’s Service
1998 Women’s Refuge – Playroom & Toys
1999 Extension to Maufant Variety Youth Centre;
          Oakwell Children’s Respite Home – Hydrotherapy Pool
2000 Mont a l’Abbe School – Sensory Room
2001 Quiet Garden at Mont a l’Abbe School
2002 The Variety Sailing Centre – St Aubin’s Fort
2003 Oakwell Children’s Respite Home – Garden Landscaped, made Wheelchair Friendly & Special Garden Furniture
2005 A & E Department – Children’s Treatment Room;
          Samares School – Playground Equipment & Safety Surface
2006 Launched ‘The Vernon Lilford Spirit of Variety’ New Sailing Catamaran
2007 Troy Court Playground;
          Oakwell Children’s Respite Home – 2 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom Extension
2008 D’Auvergne School – Children’s Play Area;
          ENT Clinic – Children’s Waiting Room
2009 Trinity School – Trim Trail;
          Eden House – Equipment & Refurbishment;
          Brighter Futures – Funding for Parenting Support Services
2010 Trinity Youth Centre – Café Extension;
          Jersey Air Cadets – Kitchen Equipment & Refurbishment;
          Janvrin School – Trim Trail;
          Brighter Futures – Funding for Parenting Support Services
2011 Little Oaks Nursery – Donation towards Equipment;
         Jersey Golf Development – Tuition Fees for School Children
2012 Rouge Bouillon School – Roof Garden Play Area;
          10th Jersey (St Brelade) Scout Group – Donation towards Headquarters Extension
2013 La Moye School – Playground Equipment & Refurbishment;
          Oakwell Children’s Respite Home – Donation towards Major Refurbishment & Extension;
          Variety Sailing Trust – Donation
2014 Beach Ability – Paediatric Tilt-in Space Chair

Over the years we have been very proud to be part of Oakwell Respite Home for Children, we have financed the swimming pool, extension and just recently, a wet area and changing rooms for the swimming pool. This is a wonderful home and it is so close to our hearts as they do a wonderful job which is so necessary.

The Annual Ball last year was held in honour of Elder Statesman Dick Ray, Dick has worked so hard for Variety over the years and also so appreciated for all that he has done for the Island. Unfortunately, Dick isn’t in the best of health unfortunately and as he now lives in the Isle of Man, it was wonderful to have him attend the Ball.

We have a busy time ahead as we always seem to have something going on, whether it be selling raffle tickets in the town centre for our Grand Draw to win a car or to be part of a celebration for one of the large companies in Jersey who want to help raise money for Variety.

Other events we have this year are:

Cineworld’s Minion Day – June
Les Landes Race Day – July
Governor’s Walk (Trinity) – July
‘I Served the Kids’ Party – July
Morning at the Fun Fair for children with special needs – August
Governor’s Walk (St Clement) – September
Young Star of the Year – October
Grand Draw – October
The Variety VE Victory Celebration Ball – November

young star

This is the 6th year that we have held this very special event. It is the one occasion when we can recognise the youngsters in Jersey who have such inspirational stories. It is a wonderful event, and it is getting bigger and better every year. Variety receives so much media coverage – it has become one of the main events of the year.

Governor’s Walks – this has been a great initiative by one of our stalwart members, Frank Falle. Since 1996 Frank has organised walks in the presence of His Excellency the Lt Governor and his Lady around the 12 Parishes in the Island. The Governor represents the Queen for 5 years and during that time he takes part in these walks and at the end of his term he receives a Jersey Milk Can inscribed with all the Parishes and dates.


We look forward to seeing you at the 2016 Conference in the beautiful Island of Jersey, April 28th to May 1st.