Jewish Care

Interest rockets in Jewish Care vacancies

By Robyn Rosen, August 21, 2009

Jewish Care is experiencing a massive upsurge in job applications as the recession forces more people back on to the employment market.

The health and social care charity claims a 1,600 per cent increase in responses from job seekers.
Recruitment drives normally attract 100 to 200 applications. This year, there have been 2,000 inquiries for 43 positions in the care sector.

Jewish Care director of human resources Diane Blausten has been overwhelmed by the interest. “We have been inundated with inquiries and have received some very high calibre applications,” she reported.

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Volunteer of the week: Brian Eisenberg

August 13, 2009

The semi-retired former corporate executive has volunteered for Jewish Care since 1992

Why Jewish Care?
I have always had a passion for working with the elderly and ensuring that they are able to maintain their dignity. As a child I visited my grandparents in a care home and realised the importance of ensuring people in care are offered a range of activities that suit their needs.

What does your current volunteering involve?

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Vote winner

August 13, 2009

Rochford and Southend East MP James Duddridge has praised the standards at Jewish Care’s Raymond House home and Southend and Westcliff Jewish Community Centre.

Mr Duddridge toured both premises and was complimentary about “the high level of support. I was very impressed by the high standards at Raymond House, not only for care but also for the commitment to uphold the Jewish heritage of residents.”

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A very special volunteer

July 23, 2009

A physically disabled Jewish Care resident was runner-up in the Volunteer of the Year category at the Institute of Fundraising national awards.

Simon Davies has severe athetoid cerebral palsy, is confined to a wheelchair and communicates through a voice synthesiser or computer.

He lives at the charity’s Rela Goldhill Lodge in Barnet and volunteers in Jewish Care’s fundraising department. He also runs a greeting cards business, Simon Says, which has raised over £20,000 for Rela Goldhill Lodge.

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Jewish Care welcomes £10m windfall from housing association

By Keren David, July 23, 2009

Jewish Care’s £40 million care campus project in Golders Green has received a £10 million gift from a housing association which is selling its site in an exclusive Hampstead location.

The cash comes from the Otto Schiff Housing Association, whose homes are on The Bishops Avenue. OSHA’s Leo Baeck House, which has been run by Jewish Care since 2002, will soon be closing in preparation for sale. Its 32 residents will be offered places in other Jewish Care establishments.

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One Big Friday Night is blessed

By James Martin, July 2, 2009

The Jewish community displayed its propensity for hospitality as over 200 homes played host to Friday night dinners with a difference.

Around 2,000 people attended parties throughout the UK last weekend, in aid of the inaugural Jewish Care One Big Friday Night.

The dinners, which are expected to raise over £20,000, involved people hosting meals for family and friends, in a bid to raise awareness of the social care charity. Guests being asked not to bring gifts, but instead to make donations to Jewish Care.

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Jewish Care’s £50k punch

July 2, 2009

Jewish Care rolled with the punches in London’s Mayfair — and came out on top by £50,000.

A gentleman’s boxing dinner organised by the charity’s Next Generation committee attracted a boisterous 180-capacity crowd to the Millennium Hotel.

As well as a three-fight bill arranged by boxing impresario Robert Waterman, the sporting theme extended to a silent auction for sporting memorabilia including a boxing glove signed by Muhammad Ali, George Foreman and other heavyweight champions.

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Veteran volunteers pick up care awards

June 25, 2009

In National Volunteers Week, Jewish Care honoured some of its most dedicated helpers in a ceremony at Redbridge Jewish Community Centre.

Among the winners were residents Solle Frankel, 98, and Hettie Tauber, 93, who were honoured for their respective contributions to the charity’s Rubens House in Finchley and Vi and John Rubens House in Redbridge.

A new award went to Sam Jacobs for her work on the e-file project for the mental health team. She spent six months collating client contact information and support plans for a central information resource.

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Jewish Care’s £3.6m dinner

By Leon Symons, June 25, 2009

A star attraction in Conservative leader David Cameron helped Jewish Care to raise a record £3.6 million from its annual dinner at Grosvenor House in London’s Mayfair on Monday night.

The total raised by the 1,150 guests outstripped last year’s proceeds by £100,000, to the delight of campaign chairman Steven Lewis. “The ability of our supporters to be so generous in recognising how vital our work is, in what is clearly a very tough year, was truly outstanding,” he said.

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MP hails Glasgow’s profitable branches

By Stephanie Brickman, June 4, 2009

Scottish Secretary Jim Murphy unveiled a Tree of Life artwork at Jewish Care Scotland’s day centre in Giffnock, Glasgow, on Sunday which has already raised over £12,000 for the charity.

Designed by Lynn Wolfson, the six-foot high installation is in the centre’s reception area. Community members can add leaves to celebrate simchahs or to remember loved ones by making a £250 donation. One-third of the 150 leaves have already been sold. There is also a book of dedications.

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