National Carers Week – Shaun Findlay

My name is Shaun Findlay. I became a Freemason over 20 years ago whilst still serving in the military.  I decided to move to Jersey in 2005 where I reconnected with Freemasonry, after a break when my father passed away in 1999. I am the Managing Director for Les Amis, the largest charity in Jersey.

Les Amis’ primary aim is to provide care and support to vulnerable adults with learning disabilities and/or associated conditions to enable them to live full and fulfilling lives.

In National Carers’ Week, the achievement I am most proud of, was leading Les Amis to accreditation to Investors in People (IIP) status in 2013, which we later enhanced to IIP Silver, sixth generation version accreditation, in 2017. This made Les Amis the first organisation in Jersey to achieve this status, ranking us in the top 5% of employers globally, who hold IIP status. Irrespective of the challenges Covid-19 has presented to the Care Sector, Les Amis retained their IIP Silver status in 2020.

For me, the care and support we can provide for our residents at Les Amis, resonates strongly with the guiding principles of Freemasonry – Integrity, Friendship, Respect and Charity. Being a Freemason has helped me enhance the skills I need to serve my great team within the Les Amis community for the betterment of our residents and community in general.