Donor drive shows Bear necessities

April 8, 2015

The story of a cancer patient who survived with the help of blood donors is highlighted in the 5775 campaign of the Joely Bear Appeal, encouraging people to donate life-saving blood and stem cells.

In 2013, Joshua Lerner, 22, was diagnosed with Stage IV Hodgkin's Lymphoma, a blood cancer where the cells running through the veins have an abnormality.

He said: "The amazing work that the Joely


Karen Morris charity secures a Brum role for patient aid

By Josh Jackman, April 8, 2015

A charity set up in memory of a popular youth leader has opened its fourth "home from home" to help leukaemia patients and their loved ones.

The Karen Morris Memorial Trust's free facility in Birmingham will provide two families with a welcoming space to stay with the patient during their treatment.


Are we ready for this revolution in care?

By Dianne Martin, March 26, 2015

The Social care system is now relevant to more of us than ever before. Next month marks a pivotal moment in the history of care in this country. It sees the coming into force of the Care Act 2014, a long-anticipated piece of legislation which introduces a raft of changes to the way care is prioritised, funded and delivered.


Langdon fears cutbacks in council support

By Naomi Firsht, March 26, 2015

The chairman-elect of learning disability charity Langdon has warned supporters of the potential impact of local-authority cutbacks on its services.

Addressing the 300 guests at its dinner in central London on Monday, Jonathan Joseph explained that in the wake of Chancellor George Osborne's austerity measures and the imminent Care Act, the charity anticipated a 10 per cent fall in local-authori


JBD gets go-ahead for £6m extension

March 26, 2015

Jewish Blind & Disabled has revealed plans for a £6 million extension to its latest property, Cecil Rosen Court in Bushey, which opened last summer.

Hertsmere Council planners have unanimously given the green light to the building of 19 additional flats on land currently occupied by one property, and part of another, at the back of the site.

The move was prompted by the huge demand for the


Emunah appeals for running total

March 26, 2015

Welfare charity Emunah is literally running a different Pesach appeal this year.


New group to fight global poverty

By Simon Rocker, March 26, 2015

A new organisation to promote Jewish volunteering abroad and international development has been launched with the backing of the Pears Foundation.

Olam will strengthen the work of some 40 Jewish agencies in Israel and diaspora that are currently involved in the fight against disease, poverty and hunger across the world.

Its Israel-based director, Dyonna Ginsburg, who was the Jewish Agency's


Covering Israel is a tough job, says BBC director-general Lord Hall

By Sandy Rashty, March 24, 2015

Director-General of the BBC Lord Hall says the corporation aims to be balanced in its coverage of Israel, but that reporting on the country’s conflict with the Palestinians was “tough”.

Speaking to a 200-strong audience at ORT UK’s business breakfast on Tuesday, the corporation head said: “It is hard… tough. We do aim to give as impartial coverage as we can across the period.”


Charities meet the calls for cash and emotional support

By Naomi Firsht, March 19, 2015

Welfare charities are experiencing an upsurge in demand before Pesach as observant clients seek help with meeting the high cost of festival food and drink. But charity chiefs are also reporting increasing calls for emotional support.

Mark Cunningham, chief operating officer of Manchester's main welfare charity, The Fed, describes the festival as "a bit of an emotional watershed.


Our next game? We're away to Manchester City

March 19, 2015

Langdon footballers will soon be taking on the likes of Manchester City - or at least the Premier League champions' learning disability team.

The charity, helping young adults with learning difficulties to live independently, has set up a seven-a-side team with the support of Maccabi GB.