Jason Loveless, Head of Support Services tells us what the charity is most looking forward to this year:
I think what everyone at Les Amis would really like for 2021 is some normality back in our lives. The option to take our residents out and about within the community once again and to connect with the public. Once this pandemic has passed, we hope to be able to resume our events, bringing back our Christmas Carol Service and of course fundraising for the charity through initiatives such as the Camper Van Raffle Prize draw. Not only do our residents look forward to these events and meeting others but it helps to raise awareness of our charity and the important work we do on the island.
Beyond this, we would of course like the opportunity to care for those with a learning disability up to the point of death, which we can achieve through the building of a new Nursing Care facility. The pandemic has further delayed this project, but we continue to advocate the importance of prioritising such a facility for our service users and those with a form of dementia in Jersey, especially being an island with a growing and ageing population. We hope this project will pick up speed in 2021 to see the delivery of a specialised care facility as soon as practically possible.
We would also like to see more work opportunities for our residents arise in the future. We will be facilitating this through the expansion of our recycling business initiative, collecting recycled oil from a variety of businesses. This enterprise provides our residents with meaningful employment and I know there are plans for further opportunities to be developed on the island next year. We would love to see the island become more accessible for those with a learning disability both through employment opportunities and the partnership with corporates and attractions to see what good work we can achieve together to better people’s lives.
Les Amis Limited Registered Charity No. 232 | LA Incorporated No.231 | Association of Jersey Charities Number: AJC 113