Minister applauds Redbridge welfare

By Craig Silver, August 1, 2008

Health Minister Ivan Lewis praised the work of Jewish Care after touring three of its welfare facilities in Redbridge on Wednesday afternoon.

The visit, arranged at the minister's request, gave him the opportunity to speak to careers, volunteers and clients.

Accompanied by Jewish Care chief executive Simon Morris, Mr Lewis went around the Dennis Centre, caring for those with Alzheimer's, the Mitkadem Centre for people with mental health needs, and Vi and John Rubens House, providing residential, nursing and dementia care.

He highlighted "the quality, the intimacy and dignity that strike you when you walk into places like this. You see an organisation that has an ethos, that is about quality and that every person is treated with respect and as an individual. It's both moving and powerful and reinforces that Jewish Care is quite special - and it should be very proud of that."

At Rubens House, Mr Lewis accepted a scarf made by Hettie Tauber, 92, a resident for six years, who spoke of the camaraderie of those at the home, adding: "We make hats and other things so we can help raise money for the centres."

Impressed by the gift, he joked: "I'm a Manchester City fan but this looks like a Tottenham scarf."

On a more serious note, he discussed financial issues with Mr Morris, particularly the difficulty in obtaining adequate local authority funding in the current climate.

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