Jewish Care

Jewish Care job cuts

By Marcus Dysch, March 12, 2009

Thirteen Jewish Care employees are being made redundant following a six-week consultation process.

The charity announced in January that up to 22 jobs could go at its Merit House, Colindale, headquarters as part of a bid to slash £2.5 million off its budget.

Redundancies have been made across the administrative spectrum in departments such as human resources, marketing and fundraising.

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Volunteer of the week: Pat Allen

February 26, 2009

The volunteer at Jewish Care’s “Connect@Centre” at the Sobell Day Centre in Hampstead previously worked in her family’s retail fashion business

Why Jewish Care?
I retired in 1990 and having worked most of my adult life, I found it difficult to be a lady of leisure. I chose Sobell because I had heard from friends who were there of the good work being done; it seemed the right thing to do.

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Residents’ Brazil date

February 26, 2009

Residents and staff from Jewish Care’s Friern Barnet nursing and dementia home, Lady Sarah Cohen House, enjoyed a footballing treat when they were guests of Arsenal for the friendly international between Brazil and Italy.

The club supplied the tickets for the Emirates Stadium fixture as part of its community outreach programme and the residents at the game were Bernard Reiss, Peter Kaye, Harry Spicer and Gerry Romancer.

Care home manager Raj Sunderalingam said: “The residents thoroughly enjoyed the experience and we are really grateful to Arsenal.”

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Meat goes off the menu at day centres

By Marcus Dysch, February 12, 2009

New and cheaper charges for services are to be introduced by Jewish Care as part of its recession-beating strategy.

From late April, a flexible pricing structure for activities, food and transport will be implemented at its day centres. Last month, chief executive Simon Morris announced that up to 22 jobs would be cut at head office as part of attempts to save £2.5 million.

After Pesach, service users will be asked to pay £1 for transport to centres and £3.50 per day for activities, rather than the current all-inclusive charges of between £10 and £12.

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Redundancies at Jewish Care

January 29, 2009

Up to 22 administrative and support jobs are being cut at Jewish Care as the charity looks to chop £2.5 million off its budget for the financial year starting in April.

Faced with the prospect of increased costs and less voluntary and statutory income, Jewish Care hopes to save £1 million through the redundancies, with the remainder clawed back through a range of savings initiatives at its properties.

Around one-in-six of the staff at its Merit House, Colindale, base will lose their jobs and the consultation process is under way.

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Care home VIPs at Spurs

December 23, 2008

Four Jewish Care residents with a combined age of 337 were guests of Spurs for the Uefa Cup match with Spartak Moscow at White Hart Lane last Thursday.

Bernard Reiss, 83, Howard Boyers, 94, Harry Spicer, 86 and Frieda Depreli, 74, together with their carers from the Lady Sarah Cohen home in Friern Barnet, enjoyed the 2-2 draw as part of a Spurs outreach programme. The match brought back happy memories for Mr Spicer, who said: “I haven’t been to the ground for so many years. Though I can no longer attend the games, my son does.”

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Caring tales promote £30k welfare appeal

December 23, 2008

Jewish Care hopes that two emotive accounts of people it has helped will encourage contributions to its Chanucah appeal, which has a £30,000 target.

A pack sent to potential donors features the story of Jack and Joan, who are both in their nineties. When Joan was diagnosed with dementia a year ago, Jack was unable to cope and turned to Jewish Care for help. They are now being looked after at the charity’s Kay Court home in Hampstead.

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Bamber feted on distinctive role

By Marcus Dysch, December 11, 2008

A veteran human rights champion is this year’s Jewish Care Woman of Distinction.

Helen Bamber received the award from clinical psychologist and TV presenter Dr Tania Byron at a lunch at the Institute of Directors in Pall Mall on Monday before an audience of 180 women.

Ms Bamber, 83, recalls growing up in the 1930s “at a time of great deprivation, unemployment and hardship. The Jewish community was very much the scapegoat.

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Ajex and Jewish Care join forces with Royal British Legion for Remembrance Day

November 13, 2008

Ajex and Jewish Care joined forces with the Royal British Legion for a Remembrance Day commemoration at the war memorial in Edgware. Around 80 care home residents took part in a service conducted by Edgware Reform Synagogue's Rabbi Neil Kraft and the Rev Michael Clark of St Margaret's Church. Clore Manor resident Joseph Mossack was among those who laid wreaths and a lunch was arranged for the Jewish Care party at the nearby Yeshurun Synagogue.

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Camp survivor is unsung hero

By Jenni Frazer, November 13, 2008

An elderly woman reduced an audience of business leaders to near tears on Monday as she accepted Jewish Care's Unsung Hero award.

Now living in Manchester, Eva Neumann, nee Birenbaum, was 15 when she was deported from Hungary to Auschwitz in 1944 with her parents, grandmother and two younger brothers. The following year, as news came of the Russian advance, the SS marched 1,000 prisoners out of the camp. Eva was one of only 13 survivors.

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