Jewish Care

Age-old questions discussed with Jewish Care

By Robyn Rosen, November 18, 2010

More than 80 people from 22 United Synagogue communities attended a conference on the challenges of ageing, organised jointly with Jewish Care.

The event included workshops, expert speakers and group discussions about new programmes and services.

"Being older in 2010 is very different than it was in the past," said Candice Woolfson, director of US social action arm, Chesed.

"We want to make sure we offer the services our older members want and need. This conference provided a forum to hear their views."

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Labouring for £241,000

By Leon Symons, November 11, 2010

The man who helped engineer the New Labour project told more than 600 business leaders and opinion formers what Labour needed to do to be re-elected.

Lord Mandelson, who was business secretary in the last Labour administration, said there were certain things that had to be aligned and perfect for the project to succeed.

"Any successful brand, whether in business or politics, needs the product, the service and the offer," he said at the Jewish Care Topland Group business lunch at Grosvenor House in Central London last week.

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Elderly not valued by the young

By Robyn Rosen, November 11, 2010

Less than 50 per cent of young people feel those over the age of 70 are important to society, a report by Jewish Care has shown.

The charity fears the results are a sign that organisations working with older people will find it increasingly difficult to recruit volunteers and funds.

An Ipsos Mori poll, commissioned by Jewish Care, found that 53 per cent of those under the age of 35 had not spent quality time with anybody over the age of 70 in the last six months or more, and that 15 per cent of 16-24-year-olds said they could only learn "a little" from older people.

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Care duo win major industry awards

October 21, 2010

Two Jewish Care staff have been honoured in the inaugural Great British Care Awards for London, supported by the Department of Health.

The care trainer prize went to Gill Yentis, the charity's practice development worker for disability and dementia services. Christina Brago-Nimako, social care co-ordinator at Rubens House in Finchley, took the care home activity organiser award.

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Cancer charity opens extra Manchester service

September 7, 2010

Chai Cancer Care has opened a new south Manchester branch serving cancer patients and their families.

Operating from two refurbished rooms at the Morris Feinmann Home in Didsbury, the charity will provide counselling, massage, reflexology and acupuncture to cancer sufferers.

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Appealing Scots seek £70k for welfare

By Stephanie Brickman, September 3, 2010

Jewish Care Scotland hopes to raise £70,000 from its annual appeal to enable it "to continue to provide the services that the community wants and needs". Thousands of leaflets are being mailed to supporters and board members will make personal appeals in Glasgow shuls over the festival period.

A charity representative said: "This year is going to be particularly tough with the economic climate, a growing ageing population and a shrinking community. However last year's targets were held and services maintained."

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Redbridge centre's fire damage

September 2, 2010

A faulty external light fitting is thought to have been the cause of a fire at Jewish Care's Redbridge Jewish Community Centre last week which damaged the main dining hall and large kitchen.

The fire started in the early hours of the morning and was quickly brought under control.

Jewish Care chief executive Simon Morris said alternative catering arrangements had been put in place and "we are able to continue running the centre's services as usual".

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Liverpool synagogue hit by floods

By Jonathan Kalmus, July 22, 2010

Flood waters seriously damaged parts of Liverpool's Childwall Synagogue this week after torrential downpours left large parts of the city under water and many main roads closed.

The shul's Harris Polak and Aida Shifrin halls were filled with two inches of water as Tuesday's rains led to the collapse of a ceiling over one of the rooms.

Overflow from drains, which struggled to cope, brought more water into the Childwall building, which sits 20ft below street level.

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The inside story on £44m Jewish Care campus

July 15, 2010

As the saying goes, it is good when a plan comes together. And giving the JC a pre-opening tour of Jewish Care's £44 million care campus in Golders Green, the charity's chief executive, Simon Morris, has the look of a man who knows he is on to a winner.

Barely four-and-a-half years from concept to completion, the 160,000 square feet Maurice and Vivienne Wohl site has its first occupants - Jewish Care employees are adjusting to their new surrounds as part of a gradual move of over 160 staff.

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Stars come out for £3.5m Jewish Care meal

By Robyn Rosen, June 24, 2010

Newsreader John Suchet told almost 1,000 guests at Jewish Care's campaign dinner that he was "overwhelmed with admiration" for the charity.

Mr Suchet's wife Bonnie was diagnosed with dementia four years ago. Before Monday's dinner in central London - which raised £3.5 million towards Jewish Care's £15 million deficit - he met clients, relatives, volunteers and staff at its Leonard Sainer Special Day Care Centre in Edgware.

"The centre was amazing," he said. "You can never go to these places without being uplifted.

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