AFM chose Les Amis as its charity of the year last year raising £3,053.40 to assist the charity. Their donations have helped purchase materials for the Les Amis Recycling and Maintenance team so Les Amis can offer more employment opportunities to residents. The donations have been used to purchase gardening gloves, high-visibility jackets, work clothing, gardening tools and other materials. This equipment allows the residents to help maintain the Les Amis gardens and clean windows in 29 of the charity’s residential homes. Jason Loveless, Head of Support Services at Les Amis, said: “What may seem like very boring items to you and I are actually the tools which enable our residents to work. AFM’s donation funded a small team of our residents to work for a substantial period of time. Working is invaluable for our residents as it fills them with pride and makes them feel like they are contributing to society”. The Les Amis Recycling Team costs £460.00 a week to run so donations from external organisations help Les Amis create employment opportunities for residents. The Les Amis Recycling Team has the dual benefit of helping Jersey’s environment and giving residents a sense of purpose.