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Acclaimed Youth Scholarship Programme receives bank’s key support
Conister Bank continues its support for community initiatives by sponsoring the Youth Scholarship – Development and Leadership Programme. The programme, which is run by Adventurous Experiences, enables Year 12 students across the Isle of Man to take part in a once in a lifetime experience of teamwork and self-discovery.
By Juan Kelly, Managing Director, Conister Bank
The word ‘democracy’literally means people power, originating in its most direct form around 5BC. However, over time, direct democracy has become diluted to indirect democracy, commonplace today, where the people vote for representatives who go about the business of politics on behalf of the plebiscite. The argument for indirect democracy is often a pragmatic one. The administration of direct democracy is deemed to be cumbersome, particularly in larger populations where governments (which literally means mind control) have evolved into more complex institutions.
Laxey Views, the free community newsletter run by volunteers, has received a helping hand in the form of ground-level support from Conister Bank.
Now in its seventh issue, Laxey Views was created by village residents Jackie Barker, Joanne Clague and Kerry Sharpe. Its lively blend of news, views and images is anchored firmly in village life, providing a great read for people of all ages who value a traditional, friendly approach to keeping in touch with what’s happening in their area. Five-hundred issues of Laxey Views are published each month and distributed through village outlets, as well as being available online.
An international charity which helps to rehabilitate service personnel through seagoing sport has now taken off in the Isle of Man, with key support from Conister Bank.
Heroes on the Water IOM – in partnership with Heroes on the Water UK – was successfully launched on Saturday 16th August at Port Erin beach; the event that was due to take place at Port Erin was moved to Chapel Beach in Port St Mary due to high wind in the bay.
Community sport project takes root at Blackberry Lane
Conister Bank, which has provided an independent, locally focused service in the Isle of Man since 1935, has given its full support to a new community project to help boost the fortunes of Onchan Football Club.
As Manx Auto Sport moves into gear for another exciting year's rallying, the organisation has been boosted with the announcement that Conister Bank is to continue its sponsorship for the coming season. This follows Conister's backing throughout 2012.
Local bike racer Andy Fenton may not have had the best of luck at the recent Southern 100 Races. But continued backing from his main sponsor, Conister Bank, has helped keep his sights firmly focused on success at next month’s Manx Grand Prix.
As part of its ongoing commitment to supporting the local community, Conister Bank has extended its sponsorship of the ACE cards which give FREE access to all Manx National Heritage (MNH) attractions for all Isle of Man school-children up to 18 years of age in full time education. The 2012 ACE cards will be distributed from January by the Department of Education & Children via the schools.