Les Amis has been shortlisted for two 'Leaders in Wellbeing Awards' following precautions it took during lockdown protect staff and residents.
The local disability charity is in the running to win this year’s ‘Mental Health’ and ‘Breaking the Stigma’ awards.
Prior to lockdown, Les Amis put measures in place to support its service users and staff, including daily health checks, and employed a mental health practitioner to monitor stress levels and anxiety.
Les Amis has worked to promote equal opportunities for islanders with learning disabilities, through helping them secure and maintain rewarding employment, developing close ties with community organisations and raising awareness of what it means to have a disability.
Pictured: Les Amis MD Shaun Findlay.
The ‘Breaking the Stigma’ award will look to honour the organisation that has best created an open environment in which employees can raise and discuss personal issues such as mental health.
Shaun Findlay, Managing Director of Les Amis, said: “To be shortlisted in these Awards is a credit to our incredibly hard-working team, who successfully ensured that both staff and our residents were safeguarded during the pandemic. Despite the enormous challenges we faced, we did not have a single case of covid-19 at Les Amis.
"We recognise that this period may have a longer term impact on people’s mental wellbeing and we are continually exploring ways in which we can best support our staff and those who use our services at this difficult time.”
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