Commmonwealth War Graves Commission at Jurby Credit: Paul Credit: Paul

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) is launching a new local outreach program to help educate the people of the Isle of Man about the work of the CWGC.

Community groups, schools, businesses and other organisations are now able to book a local CWGC speaker to learn more about the heritage and sacrifice which is commemorated here in the Isle of Man and globally. The outreach program is being funded as part of the Kantor Speakers Programme which is now operating across England, Scotland, Wales, the Channel Islands, and now the Isle of Man.

Local Manx groups can choose a talk from the following options which will be tailored to different age groups:

  • We are CWGC (an introduction to the history and work of the CWGC)
  • Gardening the World – the Horticulture of the CWGC.
  • The CWGC Architecture and its Conservation
  • The CWGC Archives and Records
  • The History of the CWGC

During lockdown, the CWGC is able to speak with local schools and community groups remotely, online, using online video conferencing technology. This can be a useful way for community groups to continue meeting during the current Manx lockdown. After lockdown concludes, an on-island volunteer speaker from the CWGC will be able to attend in-person meetings.

The Commonwealth War Graves Foundation (CWGF) aims to engage and educate people – especially the young – with the work of the CWGC, and the inspiring stories of the men and women who died whilst fighting in the two World Wars.

Isle of Man schools, community groups, businesses and other Manx organisations can book a talk online here:

Michael Josem is a long-term consumer advocate, most prominently as a global leader in combating fraud in the online gambling industry. He was in part the inspiration for the 20th Century Fox Movie, Runner Runner, starring Ben Affleck and Justin Timberlake.

Josem has over a decade of experience as a senior business leader working across various high-tech and online industries, and takes action to build a better community. His primary volunteer roles include service for the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, and Graih, the homelessness charity.